Interview with Poet Anika Anderson

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of the poem is self discovery. Finding one’s true self.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I began a journey of self discovery by making the choice to have a deeper relationship with The Most High (creator of heaven, earth and me).

I began to take a deeper look at who I was, what my life was like up until this point and who I am in Him. A healing process began that helped me to begin to see things differently. It helped to change the way I looked at life. It helped me to be grateful for small things and I began to discover my worth and purpose. This journey is a continual process and as each day passes I am learning more and more.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poems on and off for several years and I have watched it change and evolve.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would

that be?

I know this says one person but there are two people I would like at the table Maya Angelou and Lisa Nichols

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a

a professional actor?

I wanted to share my poetry with others and I wanted to know what it would sound like being read by a professional actor. I wanted the emotion of the poem captured. If it being read can provide encouragement to one person then it was worth it.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I started a short script which I am in the process of completing. There are also two books that I am also working on.

7) What is your passion in life?

To share my life experience and what I have learned with others in order to provide encouragement. To share my voice and encourage others to find theirs.

Live Again, Anika Anderson

Alive but not living
Surviving but not thriving
Wearing masks, hiding identities
Controlled but not in control
Conforming to roles, titles and positions
Giving all but feeling empty
The meaning of me lost
A life summed
On that precipice of life, I awakened to a revelation
That the the key to me was found in my Creator
The Creator and His creation a relationship never fully explored
So I began seeking to know and understand
About my purpose and design in His master plan
What I discovered was peace, love , joy, trust and intimacy with Him
Most of all I discovered how to live again


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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