Writing the best poem ever

What would be the best poem ever written, you might ask

For such a thing as competitions exist

For an overthinker like me, I’ve taken up a rather daunting task

To express the world I see, hear and feel around me,

into merely a poem’s gist

From Dante to Milton, Wordsworth to Shelley

Must I attempt to encompass all their wisdom and creativity?

To think of one to be better than the other, would surely be a fallacy

For all they did was express their individuality, give a message universal to all humanity

Poetry isn’t just pretty words, or lofty ideals on a piece of paper

It’s what makes us human, this power of expression is unique to our race in a way

So the next time, you lay out your soul bare on paper, or make your voice heard never falter

For this act of sharing a piece of yourself with the world, for centuries, is what has made the world what it is today

Ask yourself, what is it, that emanates from your soul?

What is it, that reflects your heart

What’re those inchoate thoughts, shaping into an idea, waiting to become whole

And transform tiny symbols on paper into a work of art

It doesn’t have to be a reflective sonnet, or an ingenious allegory

It simply has to be something unique to yourself, and it’ll shine on its own

Never underestimate the power of words on paper, in many ways it runs today’s society

Why, isn’t it a privilege so great, that we as humans get to wield this power and make it into our own?

So, infuse your soul into shades only known to you,

Make that empty canvas into a masterpiece celebrating you,

Why look for art in the world all around you

When all the art you seek is already inside you

Write without fear, we live in a subjective world where everybody is a winner

Look within, and you shall find, hidden epiphanies and the key to writing the perfect rhyme

Isn’t merely being able to express one’s heart into words so beautiful already?

So for me, anybody who has put pen to paper is a winner already

– Divyashree Vaidya