I’ve written a poem – “Ways to Tell a Story”. (Please find it in the “Poems” section above.)
I have what I call a “Sesame Street” mentality, in which many of my poems and songs are written. I call it that in part to soften the blow of some people’s reactions. On more than one occasion I have recited to someone one of my original (often freshly written) pieces, which I consider deep and meaningful, and the reaction has been that it’s good for kids. Not that writings for children can’t be deep and meaningful – it’s just not what I was going for.
Now, as a form of self-defense, I often silently put what I write in the category of “for kids”, though I look for the opportunity to move into into some other, more respected category, depending on how it’s received.
I don’t like that I do that, for a few reasons:
- It implies that children’s literature is inferior.
- It implies that what I write is not worthwhile if it’s for children (or simple enough for children to appreciate).
- It hurts my feelings.
I need to keep writing, appreciating what I create, making it the best it can be, no matter who the audience may be – even if that audience is just me.