Make your heart sing and your eyes water.
Nayyirah Waheed is an Instapoet who shares her insights and thoughts of the world through poetry she shares on Instagram. With over 460k followers, and more than 100 posts, she’s taking words to the next level and changing lives.
There is something to be said with a person who has a way with words, particularly poetry. Poetry has ways of touching the soul that make us quiver with delight, fear, or sadness.
Poetry is power, and a woman with a pen is a force to be reckoned with.
One of these forces of nature is the healing power of poetry. Waheed, an African-American, infuses a raw simplicity into her works, that is deeply touching and insightful.
Every poem is fueled by complex human emotions yet written so minimalistically, making her works so touching.
Most of her works touch upon the topics of love, identity, feminism, and race.
According to Jet Magazine, Waheed has been named one of the most famous poets on Instagram. Despite this, many aspects of her life are left a mystery to us because of the reclusive life she tends to lead.
She began writing at the age of eleven when her English teacher gave her a poetry assignment. Because most of her works are published through social media, she has a large following on sites like Tumblr and Instagram.
One thing is for sure though —she has a way with words that the literary world simply could not do without. She has revived this thing call poetry, making it live and breathe and, most importantly, love.
Waheed’s poems on love are some of her best works that have moved thousands, particularly your fellow YourTango staff members.
And since we are gurus in all things love and zodiac, we thought it was more than fitting to highlight the genius words of Waheed on love.
“There are feelings you haven’t felt yet. give them time. they are almost here.”— Nayyirah Waheed
I’m sure we all have been there. However, Waheed gives us an important lesson when love first wounds us: Just breathe.
“In our own ways we break. it is okay to hold your heart outside your body for days. months. years. at a time.”— Nayyirah Waheed
We are human, and we feel. And, sometimes those feelings can be messy! It’s okay to …