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Can you go through the step-by-step process of writing this poem
from the moment the idea was first conceived in your brain until final form? To be honest, it's a pretty simple process. The majority of the time with any poem it comes from one word that I've heard or read somewhere. I take that word and build a poem around it. With this particular poem, 'No one is Home', the word of choice was 'marriage'. I continue in developing more poetic rhymes and whatnot until I feel that it has reached its end. (Right: Katrina Lippolis. Copyright granted by Katrina Lippolis)
Where were you when you started to actually write the poem? And please describe the place in great detail. This is probably going to sound strange, but I was in my bathroom. I won't say what I was doing in there but I'm sure you get the idea. I know I am not the first and I definitely won't be the last to write in that area. I carry my phone with me at all times because I never know when the inspiration will hit. (Left: Katrina Lippolis's bathroom. Credit and Copyright granted by Katrina Lippolis)
What month and year did you start writing this poem? December 2020. (Right: Katrina Lippolis in December 2020. Facebook Logo Photo.)
How many drafts of this poem did you write before going to the final? (And can you share a photograph of your rough drafts with pen markings on it?) One draft and I haven't written my poems by hand lately. I just use a writing app.
Were there any lines in any of your rough drafts of this poem that were not in the final version? And can you share them with us? No. It is all original. No changes were made.
What do you want readers of this poem to take from this poem? Like all my poems, I would hope the reader can genuinely relate to what has been written. What I have gone through on my marriage has been shared here. The feeling of loneliness even with a warm body beside me. A loss of feeling loved. I know that there are plenty of people in the world who have felt the same and I want them to know that they are not alone. Relationships can be a struggle but in the end we carry on on either working out our differences or leaving a bad situation to start anew.
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? The mention of loneliness is what touched me a lot. Because I was -- I am lonely. But I am not forcing a new relationship. I want love to find me. I don't want to look for it.
Has this poem been published before? And if so where? Not professionally published. It has only been shared on social media.
Poem ~ No one is Home
She slept in a lonely bed --
Even when he was present
The echoes of heartache
rang loudly in a hushed room
He never knew she hurt
But was ever quick to divert from
As to not stir a commotion --
she hid her complicated emotion
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