Why Do I Write Poetry?

Just the other day
someone asked why I write poetry.
The question set me thinking;
more like rummaging around
for an honest answer,
but also one I liked.
All the usual suspects turned up:
  I love poetry
  I write it because I can
  My Dad turned me on to poetry
  Poetry makes me feel good
  I can speak in a poetic voice.

Then I realized I write poetry
because it is part of the story
I tell myself and others
about what my life is all about.

What stories do you tell yourself and others
about what your life is all about?

Click here to hear me read this poem.

16 thoughts on “Why Do I Write Poetry?

  1. I must say that I am quite different from several here. No person turned me onto poetry, precisely, but I one day took pen to paper and began. I found out when I was eleven that I was writing poetry, and have since been enraptured by it.

    You’ve expressed a beautiful truth, however, in this poem; indeed, to share the stories of one’s life that would otherwise be inexpressible is a noble reason to write.

  2. Rax…Thanks. The stories we tell, especially to ourselves, are extremely powerful. They are often the masks we wear in life…thinking that is who we are.

  3. this is wonderful. me I like telling other people’s stories. empath at work 🙂 thank you for sharing this

  4. krystyna, Thanks so much for your comment and I hope all works out well for you. All the bets.

    Aurora, thank you, and yes, that is so true. Some things can ONLY be said with poetry.

    Catnapping, thank you and I understand what you’re saying. And yes, serious poems are whispered to us by our spirit. Many of mine just write themselves. I will drop by your blog.

  5. I didn’t start writing poetry till my husband died. I’m not sure why I write. Something occurs to me, and alluva sudden I have to put it down.

    I don’t list my poetry blog in my profile page…but I’ll put a link here in this post.

    I reallly don’t know where the “serious” poetry comes from. It’s almost as though some spirit has whispered the words in my ear, and compelled me to write them down.

    http://ethercat.blogspot.com/

  6. Thanks Don that your Dad turned you on to poetry.
    I love your poetry. Your words came from deep of your heart.
    Thanks for this poem.

  7. Margie,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving these wonderful comments. That is really neat your Mom got you started with poetry. You write well. Take care and drop back when you can.

  8. Love all your writings Don!
    I enjoyed this poem.
    I started writing when I was quite young.
    It was my mom that got me started writing, as she wrote poetry and wrote some lovely poetry!

    Nice to be here again.
    Not much time to be visiting these days.

    Margie

  9. Thanks Gautami. You are very good! Take heart.

    I will look up your comment in the previous post, and comment there. Thanksl

    Thanks Dan. Did you say I am on a roll?

  10. Your role.
    My role.
    Role: literally, roll (of paper) on which an actor’s part was written, from Old French rolle Roll.

  11. I know how you feel. I started to write two years back. That too so badly. Now I am doing ok!

    I left a comment in the previous post. It did not come up.

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