Yecheilyah’s 4th Annual Poetry Contest Winners 2021: Dondi A. Springer

Introducing Dondi A. Springer

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Please, tell us what inspired your poem.

My inspiration for this poem was really the essence of life itself. Without love, there is no life.

Hmm. I like that! What do you love most about poetry?

I love the wordplay, how you can paint a picture, tell a story, or escape into your own little world. Better yet, you can sing a beautiful song and not sing one note.

You are a returning contestant. What would you say are some benefits of contests like this to writers?

Some benefits of a contest like this is not just the exposure as a poet or writer, but the opportunity to meet other poets from all over. Plus, being able to showcase versatility and depth with a theme.

What I always admire about your poetry is what I like about your answers so far. It’s powerful in its simplicity. You don’t say a lot, but what you do say, I can tell, is from your heart, from the soul. That’s not easy to do.

Tell us, what was the process of writing this poem like for you?

The process of writing this poem for me was actually kind of challenging. Writing to a theme is not always easy, as it makes you think and stretch your creative muscle. Once I got the direction I wanted to go with, the words came easy.

What would you say is your writing strength and weakness?

My writing comes mostly from my life’s experiences and personal growth. So I would have to say that’s my writing strength and my weakness. I have no technical training. I just like to write. When it comes to poetry, I just throw the rules out the window and write it how I feel it.

I love it! And I think it’s what sets you apart. Are you working on any writing projects/books?

Yes. I am working on a project and a book. I have a short inspirational book called “Can’t Stay Here” that I’m doing edits on right now. Also, I’m working on a memoir about my journey into veganism, called “Vegan-is-M(e)/Deeper Than A Diet.”

Nice! Well, we congratulate you on all your endeavors and wish you the best. I’m really looking forward to t”Can’t Stay Here!”

Where do you see yourself a year from now?

A year from now, I see myself back here, competing for the grand prize, and blogging.

That’s the spirit! Dondi said he coming back, ya’ll! I love to see it.

And without further ado, I introduce to you “Love Is,” by Dondi A. Springer

Photo by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash

Love is a life that flows like a fluid
An infinite vibration like waves of an ocean
Touching your soul, the arrow of a cupid
That breath of fresh air, when life’s undercurrent comes grasping
To some, it comes freely,
to others, it comes while kneeling.
That long labor of love is where you will find compassion
The blind will see the light to walk out of their plight
It is the fluid of life
More than just a feeling, love becomes a part of your being
It runs deep in your veins,
limitless like the astroplane
Love makes us all relate, with no space for hate
So we are all connected in this space
Love is…

Copyright©2021 Dondi A. Springer

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I write Black Historical Fiction, and Soulful Poetry for the freedom of all people. Visit me on the web at yecheilyahysrayl.com/

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