For the past week, I’ve been focused on reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Are Watching God.Janie, the protagonist of the story tells her friend, Phoeby, the story of her self discovery and self-actualization that spans three marriages. Although Hurston did not receive proper appreciation for this novel during her lifetime, the novel has received critical acclaim posthumously for this work of transcendent fiction. You can learn more about Zora Neale Hurston at http://zoranealehurston.com
I am also on a journey of self-discovery that I imagine sometimes as a self-resurrection. After marrying my wonderful husband and having two lovely girls, I realized one day that I had traveled far away from something that I felt (in hindsight) really defined me–my scholarship. So, the past two years, I have been on a road to resurrecting my forgotten self, taking time for writing, and engaging in intellectual thought.
Here is a little poem that I wrote to express these feelings.
I am resurrecting the dead–
the writer; myself
“Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.”
Jesus says to her father.
He wakes her from the clutches of decay
My muse lies buried
In a graveyard of self–
Self abandoned, dusty–
I’m a doubting Thomas
Have to put my fingers in the wounds
This girl–this reformed whore
Lover, wife, mother
Exhuming decayed soul
Reveals musty memories
Exposes old stench.
Yea though I walk through the valley of death
I fear no evil
I descend as Ulysses to Hades
To retrieve my lost soul.
Give myself fully
To my inconsequence
God is Almighty.
I am weak.
2 thoughts on “A Journey of Self-Discovery: Exhuming the Dead”
Powerful poem! You do have a talent for writing. Do you enjoy writing poetry only or other types of writing too?
Thank you for your compliments. I have been writing poetry as a type of catharsis since I was a teenager, but I’ve never really put it out there for criticism. I’m so glad it appealed to you. Most of my writing experience is in literary criticism. However, I love creative writing, I am just now finding my own voice.