Abhishek Gupta: The Minimalist Poet
April 23, 2017| Abhishek Gupta for The Mumbai Art Collective
“What books have you read?”
“Oh, you don’t like reading books?”
“How do you write, if you don’t read books?”
I’ve been asked such questions since the day I started posting my poems on social media. People think if one writes, it means one has to be a bookworm, but it’s nothing like that. I’m not much of a reader- I read, sometimes, when I feel like. Reading does help you to improve your vocabulary, but it has nothing to do with you being able to write or not. I was an introverted child, and growing up, I never spoke to people much, never used to interact with them. I never even spoke to my parents about what I felt or what was going on in my head. Eventually I developed this habit of writing whatever I had in my head, in a poetic form. There are a lot of people like me out there, who write in order to just vent out what they feel, what they think, what they have been through.
I am not a writer, nor do I consider myself an amazing poet. I’m not even close to any of these two things, but yes, if it had to be given a term, the way I write, then I would’ve called myself a minimalist poet, but you know what, I’m just a normal guy, like you, like everyone else here, who’s trying to reach out to people and trying to let them know what he feels, what all he has seen and went through in his life, through his words.
I always encourage and help my friends, or anyone, who tries to write, because the world is already filled with people who would belittle them for their mistakes and would not leave a chance to demotivate them, instead of helping them. I was a victim of such a thing, and I know how it feels, but that didn’t stop me from writing, and it never will.
I try to keep my poems short, simple and sweet. That’s why I call myself a “minimalist poet”. There’s a reason that I write my poems this way. I want my readers to understand the message that I’m trying to convey through my poems without any difficulties. I want them to feel what I’m feeling. I want them to know precisely what I’m thinking, what I’m trying to say.
I believe, anyone who has the will to write, can write. There’s no language barrier, all you need is a pen and a paper. You’re happy? Write about it. You’re depressed? Write about it. Writing, for me, is the best therapy to get rid of depression. I always try to tell people that they’re not alone, they’ve got the best companion they can ever have: their pen. Writing can help people in so many ways. It has helped me to come out of depression. Like many others, I too, went through a phase of depression. Some things went inexplicably wrong in my life and I had given up on everything at the time. I had no idea what was I going to do with my life. I isolated myself, locked myself up in my room, didn’t come out for days, didn’t meet any human, and didn’t talk to anyone; not even my parents. Depression does this to a person. But one fine day I decided to vent it all out, by writing it, because I was unable to talk to anyone about what I was going through. I penned down my feelings, my pain, my thoughts and you know what? I started feeling better automatically, after writing it all down.
Words have the power to destroy as well as the power to heal, my friend. Use your words to heal yourself, to heal others, to inspire, to help, to spread love, to spread positivity and sometimes also to show the world a mirror, to show them what they’ve become.
You’re a knight, my friend, and that pen in your hand; it is your sword. So use it. Don’t be afraid, don’t hesitate, don’t you care about those who won’t support you, for you have the power to create something beautiful. You never know, you never know how your words can inspire someone, help someone; for there’s always someone out there, looking up to you.
Never give up, never stop writing.
To end this, I leave you with something incredibly beautiful that Robin Williams said as Professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society: