Why Poetry?

Sentences refuse to form –
Words, though, bear pairing
punch-packed phrases
delicate unnervings

Fear grasps the wrist
stunts sentences –
thoughts staccato
emotions gagging

Poetry loosens the grip
bundles the mayhem
spits it out – births

(Image my own)

Why do you write poetry?


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

24 thoughts on “Why Poetry?”

  1. Spot on about writing poetry, VJ. I think I like poetry because I like playing with words and sounds more than plots and characterization. Also, I am getting a shorter and shorter attention span these days. 🙂

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  2. I like to write poetry because you can break rules to express feelings, beauty and memories. Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the time and the head space to put pen to paper.

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  3. Oh, how I love this! Spot on, VJ. I write poetry to stay sane and express myself. I try to keep it upbeat but every now and then slip in a line or two about how I really feel.

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