Growing up in Scotland, with only my immediate family, I remember there being many moments where I questioned who or what I was and where I saw my place in the world. Call it an identity crisis if you will, but the people that surrounded me weren’t always kind and like any child who suffers racial abuse, I often found it difficult to fit in. At that time I didn’t had the inclination to talk to anyone about it or even try and express my emotions, so I bottled them up. It was only at the age of 12 when I went to Punjab to visit my family, did I seek to understand myself and slowly I began to discover my own personal relationship with my Guru and with what Sikhi really meant to me. It was from that moment, I started to question my parents on why we did certain things, instead of simply adhering to them. Now that I look back on my childhood, I am glad my parents instilled certain values that I have come to rely on. As I have grown older, I’ve come to recognise that these are the very things to be cherished. I continue to grow and learn every day and having a firm foundation in Sikhi has helped me understand who I truly am at this stage of my life.
A couple of years ago my dad suffered a serious accident and this reignited my passion for writing. I used to write song lyrics when I was a teenager, mostly about girls and not being understood by those that knew me. You know, the typical teenage stuff. I guess over the years, with the struggles of everyday life, I fell away from it all. With the thought of losing my father weighing heavily on me I started to write again and it helped ease the pressure I felt inside. I mainly write because something has affected me, and I need to get it out. So once it’s on paper, it’s out of my mind and I can begin to process it and move on. Poetry can be an amazing art form once you understand the power of words, even when used sparingly.
I’ve met a lot of unique people in the short time I have been writing and this creative interaction has opened many doors allowing me to pursue charity work and enabled me to give something back. I plan to do more charity work and travel the world, whilst writing about what I see. I may not be able to change everything, but I can change something.
I recently published my first book titled ‘From My Ashes, Flowers Will Bloom’ it is a collection of poems that cover a different variety of emotions that I have experienced in my life. If you’re interested you can contact me via social media, simply search ‘Poetic Singh’.
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