in Abuse Poems
Her smile was visible to all,
Showing a dark secret
From an inescapable memory
Because of the lie she kept telling herself.
Tynea Lewis is a former elementary teacher who has had a passion for writing ever since she can remember. She was recognized by the International Literacy Association in 2016 and named a 30 Under 30 honoree for her work with literacy through LitPick Student Book Reviews, an online reading and writing program.
Although she always loved writing, she developed a disdain for poetry in middle school when an English teacher harshly critiqued her piece, but she fell in love with again at the end of high school when she used poetry to express emotions from tragedies and struggles she faced. Her poems have been published online and in devozine, a teen devotional magazine.
She writes to express herself and be an encouragement to others. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @TyneaLewis or on her blog at tynea-lewis.com.
Libraries are not just places for books. They are also full of exciting events. Check out your local library to see what they are doing to celebrate National Poetry Month.
If they do not have events scheduled, talk to the director to see if you can help them set up a night where people come to read aloud their favorite poems or poems they’ve written.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Look through your phone, a magazine, or a website to find a picture that inspires you to write. It could be a picture of a landscape, an activity, a building, people, etc.
Take a moment to observe everything about the picture.
Favorite poems for celebrating a father’s birthday. A father does so many things for his children, and his birthday is a great time to tell him how much you love him. Use these poems to express your love to your father and wish him a wonderful year.
Favorite poems for celebrating a daughter’s birthday. Having a daughter is a special gift, and her birthday is a great time to tell her how much you love her and wish her a wonderful year.
Celebrating the birthday of a loved one who has passed away can be difficult. You want nothing more than for that person to be here with you. Poetry is a great source of comfort during times of grief.