Music Is | a poem

Since it’s 2017, I’ve decided that I’m going to take more risks and do things that I’d have been too scared to do before. So, as my first post of this year I’m going to share a poem with you. I’m extremely nervous about this, despite the fact that I have a degree in English with Creative Writing, because I feel so EXPOSED. I’ve written so many poems for uni that I gave it a break for a while, but recently I’ve been missing writing poetry so I decided to write a new one for the first time in about eight months. Poetry is so personal to me, I feel like I’m putting all my feelings out there and that’s why it scares me to share it with the world. But, I managed to get a much higher mark on my poetry than I ever dreamed I would, so somebody must like it. I apologise this isn’t one of the best poems I’ve ever written, but after such a long break I kind of got out of the swing of it.

Anyway, enough rambling. Here’s a little poem I wrote about how much music means to me, and I hope you enjoy it.

Music is
belting out Kelly Clarkson
into a flower-encrusted microphone
at seven years old,
knowing one day, I’ll Breakaway.

Music is a comfort blanket,
an embrace from a friend
you haven’t seen in too long,
a companion
when no one else is on your side.

With it running through your veins
you can fight against the world,
be anyone, or anything.

Music is my safe haven,
my map when I’m lost,
my joy when I’m down,
my power when I’m on top of the world.

It is a melody flowing
through us all,
a bond of harmony that defies
colour, race, religion.

When the darkness falls
and a million lights shine
like the twinkling cosmos,
when my heartbeat thuds
to the rhythm of my favourite song,
I look around and know
I am home.

I’d love to know what you thought of this post (please don’t be too hard on me!) and whether you’d like me to share some more of my poetry with you in the future!

As always, thank you so much for reading and any comments would be much appreciated. x


  1. This is absolutely beautiful Clare, I love it so much! Even though I had no idea how to do it and still don't really know I started writing poetry a while back and like you said it's a way of putting your feelings out there so it's not so much about knowing how to do it, it's simply about putting pen on paper and start writing :) I think you used the perfect words to describe what music means to you, I especially love the line 'a bond of harmony that defies...' x


    1. Aww thank you Sara! That's so true, it's just because at uni being marked on my poetry made me feel like it had to be up to a certain standard haha, but really it should just be about letting your feelings out like you said. It means a lot, thank you so much :) x


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