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The Reason I Write

A lady I know with a heart white as snow
Inquired as to why I write – 
The things I do, for me or for you, 
Recognition or simply delight?

I was struck by her question
That required dissection of my innermost motivations –
Which left me frustrated and grizzly gyrated 
Concerning my concocted creations.     

So I turned to my favorite friend on the wall
And asked him, “Tell me true:
Am I just writing for me alone
Or am I also writing for you?

The mirror stood silent and spoke not a word
As if keeping his secret inside – 
“You’re no friend at all you fake on the wall,”
Spitting straight to his one good eye. 

Yet still so distraught by the query she brought
Unto my inner voice a ‘calling:
These words that I write are here day and night 
From out of the sky they keep falling.

Straight into my humble head and down on to the page
Where paper and ink join hands – 
Revealing the answer to the question she posed…

I write because I can.   

* Dedicated to Ilene Bauer for prompting me to delve deeper into the poetic motivations of both Emily Dickinson and yours truly.   Thanks Ilene for giving me much more to think about!  All the best,  Terry      

Copyright © Terrell Martin

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  1. Date: 11/16/2014 12:41:00 AM
    Glad you write, this was very creative and something I think many writers/poets can relate too!

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 10:15:00 AM
    you certainly can Terry,, and i've just read your justification,, love your poetry, that is another reason, for you being able....

    Martin Avatar Terrell Martin
    Date: 4/11/2013 5:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading & commenting Harry - very glad to receive your most uplifting and much appreciated thoughts. I owe you a visit but in the middle of building a personal website now and need a few days to focus and finish up. I'll be in touch. Cheers, Terry
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 7:16:00 PM
    wow, terry! i am humbled and delighted by this poem! thank you and write on!!!

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 11:09:00 AM
    A beautiful dedication to Ilene, Terry. Keep grabbing 'em words as they fall out the sky. Love your writing, Terry. Well done. Licia :)

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Terrell this is as good as anything I've read here on soup...really....Donna

    Martin Avatar Terrell Martin
    Date: 4/3/2013 1:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're probably write (oops...I mean right) Donna and did enter one a few months ago. I placed in the "Honorable Mention" dimension. I'll keep a look out for future contests but honestly, I don't need contests to feed my ego. I do that pretty well on my own! Thanks again, Terry
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 4/2/2013 6:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You should check out all the contests to see if you could enter it in one of them