Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Megha Shah has book of poems published in paperback and ebook formats

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Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Megha Shah teaches by day and writes poetry by night. The aquatic science/marine biology teacher's book of poems

Megha Shah teaches by day and writes poetry by night. The aquatic science/marine biology teacher's book of poems "The Most Wondrous of Things" was published in paperback and ebook formats over the summer and is available in book stores and online.

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Megha Shah teaches by day and writes poetry by night. The aquatic science/marine biology teacher's book of poems "The Most Wondrous of Things" was published in paperback and ebook formats over the summer and is available in book stores and online.

Addison Avila

Addison Avila

Megha Shah teaches by day and writes poetry by night. The aquatic science/marine biology teacher's book of poems "The Most Wondrous of Things" was published in paperback and ebook formats over the summer and is available in book stores and online.

By Arij Khanjee, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

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The search for happiness takes many forms, and aquatic science teacher Megha Shah found hers through writing poetry.

The Most Wondrous of Things was published in paperback and ebook formats last summer and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Nook and other outlets. The book was something she had been wanting to do for a while and she finally fulfilled that wish.

“I actually had been writing for years.” Shah said. “I’ve been writing since I was in high school, 14, and I had a really good friend who kept telling me I should publish and that’s what I decided to do.”

Poetry is a form of writing that makes Shah feel content. “It’s very natural to me,” she said. “It seems to come from somewhere else sometimes, where I don’t even know really what I’m writing, I just write.”

It seems to come from somewhere else sometimes, where I don’t even know really what I’m writing, I just write.”

— Megha Shah, poet and science teacher

Her inspiration comes from the romance poems of Neruda. “They’re just really beautiful and there are lots of metaphor,” Shah said. “Although they’re love poems they have a lot of other meanings as well.”

After a break from writing, Shah decided it was time to start the creative process again in recent years.

“I just felt like I had to get back to it,” she said. “Like, kind of like a calling, I guess. I had to get back to it and find a way to express myself and so I opened my books up again, read some of the old stuff I wrote and started writing again.”

Shah encourages other writers to let themselves write whatever they feel.

“Let yourself get it all out first and then be strict on yourself and keep going over it and over it and over it,” she advised.

She says publishing at any age is possible and to never give up.

“The avenues for publishing are very open and fairly simple with a small amount of investment,” she said, ”so I think it should be every writer’s dream to publish their best work at some point of their life because that’s something that’s very easy to do nowadays.”

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