I never really knew that poetry had the power it has over me today until I got seriously into writing. I used to pen little notes in my diary, whenever there were special occasions in my children's lives years before and never thought of them as poems.
Then, when my brother passed away in 2007, in order to release my feelings of devastation, I wrote a poem about heaven and how it would look like to him now that he was there. The people who read the poem told me that I should continue since they liked it so much.
Then, slowly poetry seeped into my soul and I saw everything with a poetic eye for detail. So, I believe that the power of poetry was made known to me in 2007 and the years before that, they were a stepping stone to my journey.