The Slovenian poetess Veronika Sivka started writing poetry a few years ago. She wasn’t sure if her work would be fit to share with the rest of the world. Lucky for us and for you, we can now share her poem “Past” with you.
Veronika is 22 years old and lives in the Slovenian town of Piran. She studies to become a dietitian when she is not writing poetry. She considers herself to be obsessed with dogs.
A few years ago, she decided to do something with her love for poetry: she began to write her own poems. She was fascinated with the way people are able to turn their daily life into words and form a poem.
“It became my hobby, a cherry on top in my life.”
At first, she wrote in her native language (Slovenian). When she was up for a new challenge, she decided to write in English. This allowed her to reach a wider audience. Well, first she had to get over something that almost every poet or poetess feels: the belief that the written words are good enough to share. There is always this chance people might not react the way you planned to your words. Veronika isn’t the only one who struggled with this. Many poets have questions about their work. Based on the poems she has to send us, it is safe to assume that she writes poetry that is understandable and accessible.
Just like many poets who deal with these doubts, Veronika decided to let her friends read her poems. Together with her boyfriend, these friends helped to boost her self-esteem. Then she was able to publish her poems on Instagram.
When she finally felt the time was right to publish her work on social media, she noticed that people liked this. Still, she is very nervous when it comes to sharing her work. There is always this doubt.
The message of this poem is so simple: the poetess wants to love but meets someone who is stuck in the past. She wants to show her love and is willing to do whatever is needed to show this.
“I think in our lives, we often meet people who push us away. Because of their past. I strongly believe that if you love someone enough, you will let them in, even though you have scars from the past. “
It’s all about letting go of the past or not generalising behaviour. One bad experience, will not automatically lead to another.
You pushed me away
And put your past to blame?
That is not an excuse,
For you, I’d open all of my wounds again,
Hell, I’d even take a new bruise.