SABRINA RYDER

 




When I was younger, I used to pull out the pots and pans from the cabinets and bang them together. It was as if it was sign of talents to later be exposed.

Growing up I fell in love with music. Even at a young age, I had a great appreciation for it. My grandmom had a ton of records - O’Jays, Temptations, The Supremes, Bill Withers… so I grew up on “Oldies”.  On Sunday nights, 105.3 (WDAS) would have “Oldies but Goodies” night and I would fall asleep listening to it.

I was 8 yrs. old when I wrote my first song. It was about this magical place called “Bubble Gum Land”. I created not only lyrics but a melody. The next song I wrote was about T.V.

As I entered my teenage years, I got away from writing. I was too busy exploring other avenues such as school work and sports.

It wasn’t until 12 years later that I made my next attempt at writing.  I was going through a down time in my life and needed to write. I had kept a diary over the years, but that outlet was no longer satisfying. I tried to write a song but got writers block. So I decided to try poetry.  It was a craft I had never attempted. The first complete poem I wrote was entitled “Choices”.  I found a new outlet- one that I could discuss an issue or tell a story in a non-conforming fashion. My interest in poetry grew. I began attending local spoken word venues. I watched Def Poetry on HBO.

For me poetry is way of expressing my thoughts and feelings. If I’m angry, I write a poem to express my emotions.  If I’m frustrated, I write a poem to explain the situation. If I’m happy, I write a poem to share my joys.

Over the years, I tried to have depth with my poems. I didn’t want to write about being in love or heartbreak all the time. So I started writing poems to reflect situations that I saw others going through such as being a single mother, double standards that exists in life, or someone being interested in you and the feeling isn’t mutual.

I tend to be over critical of my work. If I start writing and I don’t like the flow, I’ll stop and come back to it when the mood hits.

I’ve read at local poetry slams. I’ve also read at spoken word venues in St. Louis and Atlantic City. I enjoy writing poems that not only reflect me, but also poems that others can relate to.

Sometimes I have a hard time expressing my thoughts and feelings in normal conversation, so I write a poem. That is how “Preference” came about. I got fed up dead-end dates. I had just ended a relationship. So I decided to write about what it was that I truly wanted in a man.

Each poem in Memoirs of a Libra relates to a specific point and time in my life -either something I’ve experienced personally or something I’ve seen someone else go through.