The Colorado Rouges are a group of many talented members who have a vast array of talents. From writing, to leather work, to photography, to costume design… etc. In the artist corner, known as The Art Show, we would like to showcase some of those talents and share them with you. Today we have a poem from Requiem Shadowhawk a member of The Crimson Storm ship. The poem is entitled “The Crimson Storm”.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview Requiem for this article. Below is the interview.
Tempest: Is writing your only creative outlet?
Requiem: Writing is not my only creative outlet, it’s simply the only outlet that is unique. I also sing, but never anything original.
Tempest: Do you prefer poetry or short stories?
Requiem: Yes, I prefer poetry to short stories, when I am the one writing. I have a few short stories that I’ve written, but I rarely like my fiction well enough to let other people read it, whereas my poetry is available to anyone who wants to read it.
Tempest: What made you interested in doing creative writing?
Requiem: I honestly don’t remember what got me interested in creative writing. I started writing poetry (mostly haiku) when I was young – 12 or 13 years old. I started writing longer pieces during my Freshman year of high school. I actually taught the poetry segment of my English class my Junior year of high school because, by that time, I had been published twice and actually knew more about the various forms of poetry than our teacher did. I know that event spurred me to write more, but can’t say that’s what got me into writing.
Tempest: What form of poetry do you like to write in the best? Haiku? Tanka? Limerick? Odes? etc
Requiem: I don’t have a form when I write anymore. I’ve written haiku, limericks, odes, sonnets, acrostic, found poetry (which I think is fun, but don’t do often – take words and phrases off of things like posters, soda bottles, fliers, etc. and try to make a poem using only those words or phrases). I’ve written in iambic pentameter, quatrains, rhyming couplets. I’ve written poems where the first line only has one syllable, the second line has two syllables, etc. But I dislike all of that. Take sonnets, for example – 14 lines, with 10 syllables each, and in iambic pentameter (one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable – one TWO three FOUR five SIX seven EIGHT nine TEN), with a set rhyme scheme. That’s too many rules for me to conform to when I write. I like my poetry to flow, not sound forced. I also rarely rhyme, at least not intentionally. Rhyming to me almost always sounds forced. So, I guess the real answer to the question of what form I prefer to write in is, in a word, “Mine.”
Tempest: What is your favorite piece that you have created?
Requiem: My favorite piece I have ever created can never be published. I’ve also never read it the same way twice. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try. When I was in college, one of my professors was talking about a literary device called “deconstructionism.” It’s basically describing something by saying what it’s not. An example: If I wanted to use deconstruction to say that Tempest Stormbringer is a cheery person, I would say “Tempest is a person who never has a frown on her face.” Sounds simple enough, right? Well, the poem that I wrote, I have words crossed out, I wrote over phrases in different colours to show myself where to place emphasis, or where to pause when reading aloud. I’ve scribbled footnotes inbetween lines. Every time I read it, the words that are crossed out get described differently. An example from the poem: I have a line that is “This is [scribbled over]not[/scribbled over] a poem for them (with a bold X drawn over the letter “m”) colour-blind (with a single line through “colour”). I would read that line out loud as “This is a poem, but it is not a poem for them – the colour-blind people who don’t know they are blind.” The whole of the poem is like that. It’s more a dynamic outline for spoken word than something to be read.
Tempest: The Poem The Crimson Storm, was written as a request for Shamus (another crew member of your ship) but where do you usually find your inspiration for your writing?
Requiem: My inspiration comes from everywhere. I habitually ask people for a word, or an emotion, or an image, and my pen moves itself until I have a finished work using that input. I also do things like sit at Bill Cody’s grave on the top of Lookout Mountain at night, and stare out over the lights of the city and write about the first thought that comes to mind. I get my muse when I’m sitting in a coffee house watching other people interact. Creativity, for me, is everywhere, waiting for me to catch it, tame it, and set it free on the world.
And Now The Crimson Storm, We hope you like it.
“The Crimson Storm”
by Requiem Shadowhawk
Thunder roars from our cannon fire
Hearty grins decorate our faces
Enemies flee from the sight of our flag
Crimson seadogs, one and all
Rising up to heed the Captain’s call
In his ears, rings of gold
Morgan’s laughter calls out to the bold
Sailors and scoundrels that make up his crew
Onward we sail, taming the stormy night
Never plotting a course unless gold is in sight
Sinking all who would stop us
The Barbary Coast our only shore home
Only for cries of war or of gold
Rally this band of cunning pirates
May you never deserve our Captain’s fury!