Meghan McWalter

My Autoethnography 

When the Words Began to Flow...

       I love writing poetry. It helps me organize all those files in my head that don't seem to make any sense. I started writing poetry for fun when I was young, probably around the age of seven or eight. My mother used to drag me to her office in the summer, where I wasn't allowed to do much but read and write. I remember the title of a poem that I wrote for my mom, "The Whoopsy Girl" I wish I would have saved it to see what I had written. My mother told me I wrote it for her because  earlier that day I was running into things and knocking them over. Apparently I felt bad and thought I was in the way, so I wrote my mom a poem to say sorry for being clumsy. Since I couldn't find the poem I wrote for my mom I decided to write one to describe my clumsy self today, because whether I like it or not, I still run into walls and drop everything that I pick up. 

      The thing that I love most about poetry, is that you can write it whenever, wherever, and however you want. 

"No Need to Apologize"

Crash! Bam! Slam! "Ahhh".... "OUCH!"
You would think I would learn after all the bruises,
One day I'm going to blow all the fuses.
I'm 20 years old and still have yet to discover grace,
Oh come on, you aren't the only one who falls, stop letting the tears cover your face. 

Rules are for Fools

Rules are for fools.
They use these so called tools
So people will think they are cool.
I want to tell you a story about this class jewel,
She watched, listened, and repeated.
After all her efforts she still felt cheated.
She stood up, lit her book with a match,
and decided to start form scratch.
Where did this gem decide to go?
She left...
She knew there was more she needed to know.
Exploring her world
And the unknown. 
From then on, whatever she wrote 

Was never set in stone. 

 I wrote Rules are for Fools to express how I felt in high school while learning "The Rules" of poetry. In any subject, when there are rules, I usually try to break them. I like it when people tell me how I can improve my work,  but I don't like it when people tell me how to do my work. Poetry comes from where ever you want it to come from. This is one area I encourage you to rebel in.