Warrior Poet Circle
A few months ago, I had a poetic stirring as I wrote about hope. Before that, I hadn’t written any real poetry for probably ten years, but since September, I’ve written several more poems and loved it. It’s just a different way to express what’s going on inside.
I wouldn’t dare to classify any of it as brilliant, but that’s not the point to me. I want to explore this medium more and I’m hoping you’ll join me.
My friend and hero, Jay Cookingham, took to calling me a warrior poet in these poetry posts (and he should know one because he’s one too). Almost since then, I’ve thought it would be great to have other warrior poets come together and share their passion through poetic expression. No set form or meter, just open hearts–and we could call it the Warrior Poet Circle.
Some interesting thoughts and findings about warrior poets,
- In Scripture
- King David of course comes to mind first. A man after God’s own heart, he was as comfortable singing a psalm and writing a poem as he was slaying a giant and leading an army. He was courageous, but tenderhearted; passionate, but reverent of God. He didn’t shy away from honesty with Him, and God loved it. He made plenty of mistakes, but still every king after him was measured by this standard. David’s was a life marked and defined by love, relationship with God, honesty, loyalty, bravery, conquering fears, trusting in God, overcoming mistakes, and of course, passionate and prophetic expressions in the Psalms.
- In History
- The Warrior-Poet is the ancientÂ tradition of dedication to developing the body and the mind as one.Â The Bushido warrior code of ancient Japan, the Shambhala teachings of Tibet, the chivalrous knights of medieval Europe and the ancient Greek warriors are all examples of this proud tradition. Â The Warrior-Poet retains a mysterious and ancient aura, a member of the leadership class who guides with wisdom andÂ courage. Â They areÂ defined by their dedication to their crafts of warfare, and intellectual study and reflection.Â The Warrior-Poet is also a spiritual warrior, understanding their trueÂ relationship to heaven and the earth…Â (WikiAnswers)
That’s what I want to be in my life–having the proper perspective between earth and heaven, living honestly before God and man with passion and courage. Obviously, it’s not just about mind and body, but fully surrendering everything to the Father.
Here’s what I’m proposing.Â Will you join me?
- We’ll start on January 3, 2011 (two weeks from today)Â and run every two weeks after that.
- Each time we’ll have a topic, word, scripture, or story as a prompt. The prompt for this one upcoming will be New Day.
- I’ll have a link widget ready here so you can add your poem here.
- This isn’t about macho anything, and it Â is open to everyone. Men and women can be warrior poets (Galatians 3:28).
- Below there’s a button and code that you can use on your post as you link back if you want.
You don’t have to have ever written a poem before. This is just a safe way to unleash your creativity in a different way. I promise it’s a very rewarding experience!
So what do you think about this? Are there any other warrior poets out there (aspiringÂ or otherwise)? Are you ready?