Could You Write 20 or More Reasons to Write Poetry?

Could you give 21 reasons to write poetry? That's what I surprised of myself after listing 10 reasons for writing poetry. Then once I listed, I went on to 20.

True, I love poetry. So it was easy for me. American poet Gregory Orr says that "Whenever I read a poem that moves me, I know I'm not alone in the world. I do not know that I'm not alone in the world. I've experienced, or felt something like what I have felt. And their poem gives me hope and courage … "Those are two good reasons to write poetry. Thanks, Gregory.

1. To give hope and courage

2. To discover what I feel

3. To express my feelings

4. To corral my experiences

5. To discover what I think, know and care about

6. To get life's pain out

7. To use what hurts positively

8. To enjoy the power of words

9. To share serious thoughts

10. To define who I am

11. To be seen and heard

12. To open minds and change the world

13. To make sense of the world

14. To understand the human condition better

15. To stay engaged with my own divinity

16. To be authentic, genuine and real like Holden Caulfield

17. To avoid depression

18. To build bridges with words

19. To keep my brain alert and alive

20. To keep Alzheimer's at bay

A few thoughtful minutes later I had 30.

21. To have something positive to daydream about-writing …

22. To recite my own poetry in traffic

23. To be part of various poetry groups and writing organizations

24. To be a leader instead of a follower

25. To conduct poetry workshops

26. To anything anything I want to be in writing

27. To make others laugh

28. To share life's wisdom and insights

29. To reveal to others what I think is truly ironic

30. To share what I am thankful for

So I took a snack and soda break, and paced the floor wondering if I could actually write 40 reasons, and I did. Now I know that I was dealing in shades of meaning, but that's what's wonderful about the English language, so many words, and so many choices.

31. To honor others

32. To get published in journals

33. To create books

34. To stretch my sensibilities

35. To keep growing as a writer

36. To give back to others

37. To have new poems to read

38. To create publishing dates

39. To make poetry accessible to others, especially kids

40. To live life's good parts again and again through my poetry

After writing 40 reasons to write poetry, I decided to call it a night, and go to bed. But I did dream about adding ten more to the list in the morning. And that's exactly what I did in the morning. I added ten more to the list.

41. To be a local celebrity

42. To do in writing what I once thought impossible

43. To get faster to life's "Bottom Lines" like Charlie Rose

44. To leave a record of my life

45. To perfect my "Last Lecture" with each poetry performance

46. ​​To create some spending money

47. To make my mark on the world

48. To leave a legacy for my kids

49. To create a more interesting income tax return

50. To be of interest to the ladies (Shhhhhhh! Keep this a secret!)

Gee, I wonder what the best reason there is to write poetry. I guess for now that I'll just be happy with 50 reasons to write poetry.

Source by Joe Sottile

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