Christian Poet Carla Moore Shares How Poetry is Unvoiced Prayers
When we are young we never really pay close attention to certain aspects of our lives, hardly ever being aware of the things that will affect us later in adulthood.
For Carla Moore, Dr. Seuss began the un-fencing for the prompted poet. Having a mother that sacrificed much for her, in addition to a cousin that helped push her to do more as a poet, Carla continues to keeping pressing forward. She keeps faith in God and trust his will for her life.
Learn more about the Christian poet as she shares how poems are equivalent to unvoiced prayers.
What experiences from childhood shaped you into the woman you are today?
I'm not sure if I can pick out a specific set of experiences and say that they are the ones that shaped me into the woman I am today. Honestly, they've all played a part. Some taught me to be thankful, some increased my faith, others strengthened me, and then others gave me a reality check and let me know that life isn't perfect. The experiences that presented themselves with some type of difficulty or struggle may have played the largest part because I was determined to not let them define me nor stop me from accomplishing the various goals I have set for myself.
Who introduced you to poetry and why is it important to you?
I honestly don't remember who introduced me to poetry. My best guess would be whoever bought me my first Dr. Seuss book. Writing was a gift I always had but very much ignored in favor of other gifts. Poetry became important to me when those difficult situations and circumstances began to show up in life. I became serious about keeping my own poetry when my mom, siblings and I moved because of my parents' separation. We were in the middle of packing up the apartment and I was begging my brother for the composition book he didn't use so I can use it as a poem book. Poetry is important to me because, for me, it's more than rhyming words on a piece of paper. Poetry allows me to voice those things I can't face otherwise, it allows me to pray the prayers I don't know how to and it often reveals the sides of me that I had no idea existed.
What does your Christianity mean to you? What role does it play in your life?
My Christianity is my choice to walk in God's path for me and my life. It’s my decision to follow Him wholeheartedly. It's my following God's plan of salvation: repentance, water baptism in Jesus' name, the filling of the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues and then living a life that reflects Christ.
My faith doesn't play a role in my life rather it is my life. In everything I do I want God to be pleased with me. I don't want to only live a holy life but I want to be an inspiration to others to do the same. When this part of my life is over I want to see God in peace and hear Him say "Well done."
Who are some people you look up to and why?
The most important person I look up to is my mom. I watched her sacrifice much for not only my brother and I, but also for a number of my cousins. I've watched her make sacrifices for not only our needs but even for our wants that we really could have gone without. I'll never look up to anyone more than I do her.
I look up to my cousin Joshua because he's also a poet and took it upon himself to sort of coach me when I began to take my writing seriously. We have two completely different writing styles and our subjects are rarely similar but it means a lot that he still helped me out.
My favorite poet whom I look up to is without a doubt is Jackie Hill-Perry. Not only is she a dope poet but she was the poet that showed me that Christian Poetry isn't lame. If I'm obsessed with any poet it's definitely her!
What can we expect from you in the next year?
I honestly don't know what can be expected of me in the next year. I honestly didn't believe I'd be where I am now. Hopefully and prayerfully I can make some connections with more Christian poets and spoken word artists. Maybe, I'll be able to attend more open mic nights and similar events. Either way, if I let God order my steps and be obedient to His directions I know this next year will be nothing short of blessed.
To learn more about Carla Moore, Visit her on Instagram: Locd_poetess.