Why a Poem? The Power of Poetry

Having written poetry all my life, I’ve often wondered why. Why did I pick up a pen and write that first poem when I was a child? Why did I continue to write (and read) poetry through adulthood? What makes poetry so special? We’ve all heard that poetry is a form of self-expression, but it’s so much more than that.

Photo, with thanks, from Trust “Tru” Katsande

Putting pen to paper helps me make sense of the world, it acts as therapy when trying to cope with a difficult situation, and it’s a round-trip train ticket for me to see the world differently. But poetry isn’t always so selfish as to serve only the poet; it can reach across time, boundaries, race, religion, and gender to help us all connect, share viewpoints, and communicate with one another. That’s why.

now it’s your turn

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