Let me introduce you to this truly beautiful soul- Insta Poet Jenny Sunstrom. Her words have always had a profound impact on me and that is why I asked her to be my Poet of Instagram this week. Her words are simple, revealing and soul stripping. I loved this interview with her and you will too!
First of all I'm 27 years old and live in the north of Sweden. I've always hated everything that had to do with poetry and writing when I was a kid so I am very surprised that this has come to become such a big part of my life now.
Wow! I have rarely heard that response from poets or other writers. It's actually quite refreshing, that you found a passion for words later in life. So, how would you describe your poetry?
I don't really know how to best describe my poetry but I want to sort out some of my feelings and put them into something that will explain what´s on my mind. I write about feelings I used to have, I want to feel and things that are too familiar to my heart to ever know.
Your poetry is always so meaningful. What inspires your words?
To answer what inspires my poetry I have to say pain, and I have to say tears. But also of course to read. To live inspires me! To take long walks outside and just spend some time alone with just my thoughts.
What is the process you take to write your poetry?
When it comes to my writing I'm very spontaneous, I never schedule my time to write.
if and when I feel I write it down, and some days I don't feel at all and those days I never force myself to get something done, I think it´s better to let my mind rest for a while and let my thoughts mature.
Sharing your words on Instagram is very personal, why is sharing your poetry special to you?
When I first started posting on Instagram I felt like I had to post every third hour everyday, I don't know why I felt like that but I know that I don't anymore, theres no point in forcing feelings, feelings need to come out first when they are ready to face the world and I've learnt that it is okay to take a few days off of Instagram if the writing isn't there.
I was at first very doubtful about starting to post my work and to let people read it, it took a lot of courage for me to take that step but now I'm so glad that I did because within the writing community on Instagram I've had the pleasure to get to know so many beautiful souls who love poetry just as much as I do. And I know I've made a few new friendships on there that I know will last forever.
What do you want people to take from your poetry?
When I started to post my work I felt vournerble and as if I was outside of my shell. Because I didn't just put words on paper but I wrote my heart out and I've always been so afraid of opening up to people so to do it like this to the whole world at the same time was extremely terrifying, but when people told me that they could relate and actually took time out of their lives just to thank me for writing it felt like I wasn't so alone anymore, it felt like the world was slowly getting smaller and if you look beneath our skin, we're all the same. We all carry pain inside our hearts and broken bones inside our souls. and if I can make one person to feel just a little bit better after reading one of my lines I would be able to die completely satisfied.
Writing is like therapy which can work in both ways, for me as the writer and for the one reading it, we can both feel a little bit better one poem at a time.
What is the favourite poem you have written and why?
So, to talk about my favourite poems... I have to say one I wrote for my daughter when she was away on vacation without me and it goes like this:
"I inhale your laugher
as if it is the only thing
that keeps me from going insane
I release my heart
in the warmth of a hug
your smile fuels my strength
to walk a little bit further
because seeing you happy
makes me happy I am still alive
We may live in a world full of fools
but as long asI´ve got you by my side
I will never let them break me
into something different
other than your mom
because you deserve better
you deserve to be raised in a world where insanity
cannot touch you and I won´t let the world
break your heart
so I will hold your smile inside a bubble
until you're old enough to realize that not all of the people
you´ll meet in your life are good
some are only there to hurt you
while others, you have to hold onto
with your life
you´re everything worth living for
in my life you're my all"
Wow, that is so beautiful. Your daughter is very lucky, not everyone has a parent who could express their love in such a beautiful way. Your poems are just gorgeous! Would you ever publish them?
I don't have any plans at the moment to publish but it is my biggest dream to have a book to put on my shelf with all of my writings in it!
Thank you Jenny for talking with me. I know you are so busy and I really appreciate it very much! I can't wait to see what else you come out with in the future and I hope to see you achieve your dream to release a poetry book.
If you want to read more of this beautiful souls works and follow along in her journey you can find her on instagram: @jenny_sundstrom_
Poems by Jenny Sundstrom
A Message From Jenny:
The thing about the poems I chose is that I believe we're all equally beautiful no matter what we've been through or where we come from and I want the world to see humans through my eyes and look beneath the flesh and bones carrying our hearts.