The Moment I First Tried To Write Poetry: The poem was called When We, and it began: When we made love, I felt I was on fire/You filled me up with a great desire/When we wrote the song, with a guitar and a pick/You know, the one about the prostitute who couldn’t turn a trick? It continued in that vein, so no need to elaborate. I was 12 years old at the time. I think it’s safe to say that I regularly horrified my teachers and my parents and I think it’s further clear that I was not destined to be a poet. Still, there’s no point in being embarrassed by early efforts – it’s all part of growing into the writer one later becomes.