As I sat in my house with my eleven other housemates (desperately trying to do work, but of course failing miserably since I live with eleven…other…girls…) I was stumped on what to blog about for this week. Looking around the room, everyone was either engrossed in a calculus book, or talking excitedly to the girl next to her.
After zoning out for far too long, I finally said, “What should I blog about for my poetry class this week?”
An almost eerie silence filled the air. A few people tossed out some cute ideas, but nothing struck me until my friend Kayla said, “You should write about how people post poetry on Instagram.”
“People do that?” I asked, but I immediately knew that that shouldn’t have surprised me. Poetry can be found all around us, so why not Instagram?
Kayla quickly sent me the information, and I began to explore this guy’s Instagram. To my surprise, it wasn’t some random person off the street, but a rather well known poet. His name is R.M. Drake, and he has over 585,000 people following him.
So basically R.M. Drake posts a photo every single day of a short poem he wrote. On August 25th he posted this photo.
On May 16th his posted this photo.
And on September 24th he posted this.
They all are very short, but very beautiful. What I notice the most about them are the line breaks. Each and every one of them has such meaning and weight behind it. I think it’s so amazing how we can find poetry in any outlet. I personally (for whatever reason) never thought to see poetry being circulated through Instagram, but I am happy I was proved wrong!