Hi, I’m Methodical One. I think my screen name fits me pretty well, as i’m very methodical about most things I do. This is probably due to my OCD and my constant need to question things and play out all of the possible outcomes to any decision I make. These are the main reasons I started writing poetry, along with depression and built up childhood anger. Poetry is a great therapeutic technique for me and let’s me get off my chest what I normally would feel too uncomfortable to talk about with someone else. I’m not published or anything, I just enjoy making them. I may enter a poetry contest one day or try to write a poetry book, who knows.
As far as my poems go, they are usually about things I am feeling at the time, from happiness to depression, to fictional stories and comedy. My OCD and depression are almost non existent now, so I normally don’t write about anger and sadness like I used to. However,my M.O. is to try to get my message across the best and clearest way possible with using as many rhymes as possible. Rhymes that actually make sense and flow with each line. I honestly don’t know any poets really, just rappers like Tupac, Eminem, and Nas just to name a few. Their music helped me out a lot when I was a sickly depressed teen.
What was your first poem about ? I vaguely remember, but probably about depression.
What inspires you as a poet ? Other peoples reaction to my poems and my constant need to express myself.
How did you get to this stage in your writing ? It took a while. I knew nothing when I started, and still have plenty to learn. But Allpoetry.com really helped me get better structurally and grammar wise.
Tell us about your Journey…
Long story short: I was diagnosed with OCD and depression a while back, so I have been through a lot in my life. Many traumatic moments, loneliness, emptiness, hopelessness, and anger. It was all bad, about ages 17-22. I had no friends for most of my life, because I had too much social phobia to even get gas somewhere let a lone to hangout. It shocks me today when I realize how far I have come. As time passes though, it’s easy to forget specific things like that, so I try to remind myself of it often. I’m in school now for occupational therapy and have a beautiful girlfriend. So life is great now. If I have learned anything at all from all of my hardships it’s this: That no matter how bad or hopeless your situation is, it will pass. It always does. As long as you have an intense desire to change you situation, it will eventually pass.
Some adlibbed writing about yourself…
Just a random fact about me: I was a natural bodybuilder for 5 years. I feel that it helped me a lot with my depression and OCD. Because I was so miserable I needed some kind of light or purpose in my life. And bodybuilding was perfect because it gave me something to work towards and it helped me a little bit to forget my sorrow and OCD temporarily. I got 4th place in my first show in Atlanta, GA in 2012 and 2nd place in St. Louis, MO. It was a very cool experience for me and I’m glad I did it, but am very much past that point in my life and have moved on to more important things.
What advice do you have for poets wanting to publish their works ? I can’t offer much advice, being as I’m not published. However, I would tell them, like most things in life, you must be persistent and relentless if you really want something. You can’t give up and just quit. If you want it bad enough and master your craft, you will eventually get it.
What methods have worked best for you ?Being myself and creating my own style of poetry.