For years, the luminous Danyelle Fay has championed many causes. She is a feminist, a poet, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter, and has dedicated much of her young life to helping others. I am one of many people who have witnessed Danyelle quite literally prevent suicides through her kind words and enchanting spirit. She is one of the most uplifting and kind people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, and she is also a gifted poet. She began writing in the sixth grade. Her middle school didn’t have a poetry club so she, along with a couple of her friends and a supportive teacher, went to their principal and formed one. They met weekly for nearly 3 years, and continued into high school. She’s continued writing ever since, and has created some truly beautiful work in that time. Today she has shared some of her favorite poems with me and answered a few questions. So without further ado, I give you the work of Ms. Danyelle Fay. Please feel free to read her interview below the poetry.
It was love songs I fell asleep to,
Drunk off of your sweet words,
I can feel the warmth inside of me-
Sunshine traveling through my veins.
Fields of marigolds and daisies,
You’re back and the nightmares will stop,
Because you are a dream come true-
And I can finally breathe again.
The ache I have for you starts in my finger tips,
And it rattles my bones,
I have made you my home.
Oh, what a silly mistake that was made that November day,
I never would’ve guessed,
That it could lead to this.
Maybe we’re the moon and the ocean,
You ground me and influence all I do,
Without you I’d be reckless.
My Interview with the Poet:
WS: Tell us about yourself. What do you do in your spare time, what do aspire to do with your life, how have your past experiences influenced your writing?
DF: At a young age I went to writing as a coping skill. It was and still is a major outlet for me. I struggle with mental illness and writing has helped me express my emotions in a healthy way. I love writing because it feels freeing. I can write whatever I’m feeling. There isn’t a wrong way to write.
WS: Tell us about your writing process.
DF: If I’m being completely honest, I don’t really have much of a process! I usually write when I am overwhelmed with emotions. I am rather picky about my word choices, so sometimes I end up googling synonyms of simple words. Normally by the time I’ve finished writing the poem, I will feel much more at ease.
WS: What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?
DF: I hope it makes people realize they aren’t alone. I want people to relate to what I write. I know that when I connect with others work, it makes me feel comforted. Even if it only lasts a few moments, that’s important.
WS: What inspires you?
DF: Nature. I don’t directly write about nature often but I definitely include it in my work. Sometimes I’ll close my eyes and picture a certain scene. Or I’ll associate people with symbols of nature. (A good example might be letting the rain symbolize an ex-best friend.)
WS: What do you hope that other people get from your writing?
DF: I hope they find it within themselves to at least give writing a try. I know many people who get discouraged with themselves and they don’t try writing again. Like I said before there isn’t a wrong way to write!
I hope that we haven’t seen the last of Danyelle. (And I don’t think we have, because I’ve been meaning to ask her–and have not yet–to come back in a couple weeks and do a guest post about writing as a therapeutic technique.) But until then, if you have any questions or comments for Danyelle, leave a comment or shoot me an email from my contact page and I’ll make sure they get to her.