‘Cycle of Life’ by Anya is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Cycle of Life’ by Anya. This is a thoughtful, reflective piece which attracted a lot of comment when it first appeared in our blogs. As she explains in her answers to the questions we sent her, she’s not been writing poetry long, and is writing in her second language. What makes her write? She makes it sound easy: "I am simple not complicated, full of feelings which want to get out. So this is what I am doing."


What got you into writing poetry?

I have loved and read poetry since forever, but I never had the courage to speak up, to express my thoughts on a little piece of paper (or smart phone) with words. And then one evening, in the company of good wine... it was born. I wrote lots of poems that night, it was a flood. I found an outlet, which hasn’t closed since then.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for a month now, it hasn’t been long. I regret I didn’t start earlier but I guess that was a way of growing up to it. Getting ready. I write with feelings, stronger feeling, stronger poem. I find it tricky sometimes to express myself as my vocabulary is limited. English is my second language, I come from Poland.
Do you go to any open mic nights?
No, not yet. WOL is my place of growth for now. Someone very smart said to me “read, as much as possible”. I follow that advice. WOL offers diversity, that is inspiring and educational.
What is your favourite poet/poem?
My favourite poet is Wisława Szymborska, a wonderful Polish poet, recipient of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. Her poetry is characterised by notes of wits, irony and deceptive simplicity.
My favourite poem is “The Three Oddest Words” by Wisława.


“When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past
 When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it
 When, I pronounce the word Nothing, I make something no non-being can hold”

You are cast away on a desert island, what is your luxury?
Sun cream, sunglasses, a good sunbed and a large supply of pencils and paper. A dream come true!!!

Cycle of Life
by Anya

When we are born
Angels watch us with joy
Curious of what we will become
When we are little
Our happiness
Fills every room at home
Enough to melt hearts
When we are young
The world is beautiful, magical
Full of promises and hopes
Our eyes wide open
When we grow up
A stone is placed in front of us to push
Its weight takes our breath away
But gives us strength
When we grow old
We look down at our life
Cherish memories we’ve got
Share our knowledge
When we die
We go back to where we came from
To our God Father in Heaven
Welcoming us at Home.


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Martin Elder

Sun 8th Apr 2018 21:54

Anya for me there is a lot of beauty and truth in this poem.
Very well done in POTW
it is richly deserved
I look forward to reading more of your work


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Thu 5th Apr 2018 14:47

Wow Anya is all I can say!!! This truly is an amazing poem 💗💗💗💗💗I love it

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Julian (Admin)

Wed 4th Apr 2018 16:52

Anya, moj ojciec z Krakowa ale, nie mluvite, nie rozumiem, Polski. To trudny! Pszepraszam.

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Hasmukh Mehta

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 16:51

Very nice poem...The soul travels

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

9:08 PM

We do all that we can
And become fan
Of world's luxury
We work hard and pray an almighty

Life's most of the time goes on such quest
And we leave nothing behind to achieve the best
We get what we desire
Even if whole life goes on fire

We are, after all, human beings
And try to bring
Whatever is within reach
Life moves ahead as such

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Julian (Admin)

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 12:07

Prosze Anya, I find it astonishing that you have created such a beautiful poem in what is your second language.
Szymborska would have approved. The whole of Kraków would approve, I am sure.
Djenkuya bardzo.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 11:13

Delighted to read the Bio above. I have often wondered how you have become so skilled in English, a second (or even a third or fourth) language. You are an inspiration. Congratulations.

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 10:49

Well done on POTW Anya.

Having got to the ripe old age of 66 and with eight grandchildren to care about now the resonances in your piece are strong for me. Interestingly the big stone that I had to push in my youth has now been replaced with the ones that I help my family push. You'll understand one day!

Well done again, good work!

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Stu Buck

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 08:37

this is a lovely piece of writing. i think its often easy to take pieces like this and run with the theme, which can turn in to a discussion on the themes rather than the piece. i often use 'God' and faith in my works although i do so in a vague manner so as to leave it open to interpretation. this seems more explicit in its meaning, which i dont see as a bad thing. it has certainly provoked some interesting debate which can only be a good thing. congratulations, this is a very assured piece of writing, as are many of your other works. to create things ike this after a month is very impressive.

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suki spangles

Tue 3rd Apr 2018 01:38

Dear Anya,

Well done and congratulations. Here's more encouragement to continue writing!


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Mon 2nd Apr 2018 20:18

You've gone and done it now - come up trumps! I'm so pleased I showed a little faith in you, an inspired guess. Your poem here is like a manual of life, a life raft to ride the open seas , so enjoy the ride!
Congratulations Anya.


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Mon 2nd Apr 2018 12:47

Well done Anya. Always write from the heart about the things that matter most to you and never fear any ensuing debate. There is a place for everyone on WoL and you have certainly found yours. It's a pleasure to read your work and enthusiastic comments.

Thanks also for mentioning the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska who I will check out some time soon.

All the best. Colin.

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 2nd Apr 2018 11:11

Congratulations Anya.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 2nd Apr 2018 10:23

Sorry Anya...my earlier comment should have said "well done"

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Brian Maryon

Mon 2nd Apr 2018 10:06

Well Anya!!!

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