The Appeal of Poetry

What is the appeal of

Poetry? Is it the

Lilt in the rhyming of

Words drifting into a

Melody? Is it the

Peace that print brings to your

Mind, a tranquility?

Is it a craft, maybe

A kind of therapy?

You don’t learn much, reading

Poetry. Thoughts, feelings

Inside-voice kinds of things.

IS IT STILL GOOD WRITING

IF I KEEP THIS SAME SCHEME

SIX SIX SIX SIX SIX SIX

BUT DO IT WHILE SCREAMING

IS IT STILL POETRY

IF YOU SCREAM EVERYTHING

YOU!–bring formality

To everything, not just

Words and things. I get so

Overwhelmed, I feel so

Bound by rules I didn’t choose

Methods and formulas

I don’t feel welcome to

Maybe that’s a type of

Limit on my own life

A perspective I know

I don’t want, but feel my

Neck being turned, someone

Else wants me to think I

Don’t know how to think. I

Know how to think. I have

Been thinking for sometime

Now, a while. I know how

To think, feel, see, eat, be–

I know how! Poetry

Is just the same, I make

Myself think I can’t be

Something I already

Am.


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