I’ve been writing daily and here’s my secret—I write a poem a day. Now, it’s a big admission for me to even share this, because even though poetry was my first love, I had learned somehow to marginalize poetry in my adult life—and I think that’s because as a culture we’ve marginalized poetry and poets.
Here is just some of the beauty of writing poems:
– It stretches your muscles—you can play with language, metaphor, rhythm and all the tools of writing. All this practice will improve your prose.
– It’s extremely satisfying—you can write an entire piece in ten minutes or twenty and feel the thrill of catharsis in that final line.
– It’s freeing and fun—no rules, no question of how you can make it commercial or marketable—your inner child gets to play.
So, just for fun, here is an unedited poem I wrote one morning:
nothing quite like
the freedom of a poem
no freakin’ rules
stick three verbs together
to make one
invent new words
or bore us to death
“only a poem”
oh, yes, we think we
made a eunuch of the muse
a poem is a neutron bomb
Please feel free to share your own poem as a comment below–or your thoughts on writing poetry.