You state something like you 'don't do poetry,' I think ..iridescence from Hell shows you do write poetry, whether you want to admit it or not.
"People not having lived thru "it" will view whatever we say as the mouthings of idiots."
You may be right, but then let me, personally, be viewed as an idiot whose ramblings are out there for others to read. I'd rather let the poetry be there so they can try to understand it if they want to, then hide it and not give them the opportunity.
I have already seen my poetry used to start building a bridge to a glimmer of understanding.
Our poetry speaks to one another and that is just as important as communicating to those who have not experienced "it." My victim/ survivor poems (except for My Parent's Pain and What Photos Reveal) have been used in a female survivors' group, a male survivors' group, and a group for spouses of sexual abuse survivors--the comments relayed through the therapist who shared it with the first and third told me that poetry can help with understanding.
I actually shared my poetry with my own male survivors group and found out my poetry speaks to each person differently. Exits and Discovery were related to directly by all in my group. Fragmented Memories was reinterpreted by each person who read it.
Most of my poems were on my homesite at Ancient Sites (when there was an Ancient Sites) and it led to many chat discussions and helped some members seek out their own experiences which they had denied previously. I know of many people who started on the path from vicim to survivor.
Eloquence is not my concern with my poetry. Although my poetry was written for me to express what I could not do orally, the process of writing the poetry both brings up the emotions anew and helps me to deal with them as well. I once said if any poem I wrote helped just one person to cope or to understand than it would be worth the pain of its production.
Will it communicate the totallity of our experiences?-No...I don't think any of us can convey to another the totality of one's own experience and how any major trauma/event has impacted each area of our lives. It can, however, help others to touch on some of the emotions we deal with...
P.S. In some ways your sentiment is reflected in another poem I worte called Poetry Undone
[ April 15, 2002: Message edited by: Jim C. ]
In all of time and space, there is but one you and one me...