“Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals.” -A. Whitney Griswold.
Often times we don’t know how gifted we are until we leave our comfort zone by stretching ourselves. Two decades ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I could compose a poem. It’s a genre of literature I found rather challenging simply because of its complex nature.
So one day in 2007, I watched a movie entitled Akeelah and the Bee which is the story of an eleven year old girl who, against all odds, goes ahead to win the Spelling Bee competition. I was fascinated by the protagonist’s commitment and tenacity while preparing for the contest. Two years later, I grabbed my pen and a piece of paper and started writing some stuff down. Before I knew it, I wrote a stanza, then two, then three, until I made a poem entitled ‘The Bee Prize’. That was my first poem and I treasure it so much. I will share it with you.
THE BEE PRIZE
It was a Thursday morning
I got up yawning
I got ready for school
Believe you me, I was very cool.
On my way to school I saw a sign
Which read, “Who’s got what it takes to be a ‘bee’?”
I knew the victory would be mine
If only I believed the winner would be me.
While I registered for the competition
My mum gave her consent without hesitation
She said if I could conceive it
Then I could achieve it.
Burning the midnight oil was not easy
With my thesaurus and dictionaries I was busy
Looking up uninteresting words can be quite dreary
But with my focus on the prize, I got merry.
D-day came and I was on the podium
With much praises I could feel the encomium
From 100 contestants the number dropped to five
How I wonder what gave me the drive!
My opponents couldn’t spell their words right
I spelt the winning word ‘guerdon’ with all my might
Everyone hailed me and I felt high
Because I won the prize.
(c) 2009 Oluwaseyi Bale
I have composed some other poems after this. You can unleash your creative prowess too. “We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it; but this world is owned by men who have crossed bridges in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.” (Speaker’s Library)
Creativity is etched on every human being; it is part of our make. The moment you choose not to use the creative power you possess, you live less of the life intended for you by your Maker.
Beloved, I’m so certain that God left us in an unfinished world so that we might be partakers in the joys and satisfaction of creation.
You were created for creativity. Dare to be creative; dare to stand out.