'Forever and a day' by Natasha Bowman is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week
‘Forever and a day’ by Natasha Bowman is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Natasha, whose profile page on Write Out Loud is labelled Silent Song Symphony Sadness Soul, is a teenager who started writing around the age of 12-13. She says some of the poems that she has posted on Write Out Loud were from school projects. She wrote the Poem of the Week for her brother and his partner, and plans to read it out at their wedding reception.
How long has poetry been an important part of your life and can you remember why it became so?
It's a lame answer but what got me into writing was school. Even some of the poems I've posted were from school projects like my ‘I Am Not’ poem and The Choice is Yours. Also I have a serious case of last child syndrome so when I feel alone and unheard I write about it.
How long have you been writing?
I believe I was 12 or 13 when I wrote 'Dear World'. So I would say five or six years. ‘Dear World’ was my first good poem, well, at least in my eyes. This is the first time in all these years that I have allowed so many people to see my writings. To see into my world, it makes me feel vulnerable and exposed but at the same time it gives me confidence.
If you could only have one poet’s work to read, which one would you choose?
My favourite poet is actually Edgar Allan Poe. Basic, right, I know. His The Tell-Tale Heart is my favourite hands down. It touched me because I'm a person who has a very strong conscience and I know the feeling of hiding something to the point where you go crazy with guilt. But I also have a few favourites on Write Out Loud like Adriana de los Angeles Diaz Rizo’s sample poem I Am That Person You Always Forget. It is a poem that speaks to me on so many different levels and it's a really good poem. And also Andromeda’s poem A Belonging - the poem is very unique and caught my eye. I am absolutely in love with it.
Do you perform your work and if so, where are your favourite places to perform?
I have not done an open mic night yet. I mean I just turned 18. It was like pulling teeth to get my curfew from 11 o'clock to 12 o'clock. Actually this poem that's being featured I wrote it for my brother and his fiancee. That's why it's so different from my other poems, less depression, more devotion. I'm actually going to be reading it aloud at the reception. But hopefully in the future I will have the cajones to do an open mic night, and who knows, maybe I'll fall in love with it.
You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
Um … water. No, I'm kidding, probably food and wifi and yes I'm THAT type of teenager. If I don't have both of those things I'm a goner.
I also want to say thanks so much to the Write Out Loud community for reading and some even commenting on my work. And I would not have ever imagine I'd be featured but you've got to take the good things as they come. And I am truly honoured and grateful for this acknowledgement. Love Tasha.
FOREVER AND A DAY
by Natasha Bowman
I'm looking for its definition
As the world sings it in repetition
It is feelings I've forgot to mention
It moves me like the air in my lungs
Like soft songs sung
The beats of a drum
Like hot drops of rain in the sun
And to our song I hum
A union never to be undone
Symphonies and Melodies
Truly a masterpiece
And all I ask is that you stay with me
Rely on me
Pray with me
And never give up on me
Let's see all that we can be
And then you will see
That the love I have for you today
Will never change its form or stray
Quote me on what I say
Remind me of it everyday
I'll love you together we'll stay
For forever and a day.