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Why Poets Write

Why Poets Write

Why do poets write?,
Why does the moon shine at night?.
Why does water fall with such grace?,
Why is a rainbow such a beautiful sight?

So, why do poets write?
Do they write because the moon shines so bright?
Do they write because water falls with such grace?
Or is it because of the majesty of a hawk, in flight?

Poets write because that’s what we do,
Whether it be a Sonnet, Etheree or Haiku,
We see things through our own prism,
And write about it in our creative point of view.

This is why I write,
I write because I see beauty in the moonlight,
I appreciate the splendor of a waterfall,
And the majesty of a hawk, in flight.

I write because it feeds my soul,
Writing the perfect poem is my ultimate goal,
I write, I do my best,
The rest is out of my control.

The perfect words, in the perfect order,
Follow the rules, no pressure,
Slowly see your creation come alive,
When it works, there’s nothing better.

Poets, generally, don’t write for the glory,
We heal people by proxy,
We are emotion peddlers,
And we do it all for free.

I can’t speak for everyone, nor would I try,
My urge to write is something I’d best not deny,
Or things go drastically wrong,
Like ice, in the middle of July.

So, regardless of why you write,
Keep your vision in sight,
Take criticism with a grain of salt,
Never get discouraged, never get uptight.

© 2011


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  1. Date: 12/28/2013 8:29:00 AM

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 1:25:00 AM

    Samual... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. goodnight. <3 =LINDA=
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 2:29:00 AM

    it makes sense now, oh it all comes together now that i know why i write,..;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; it makes sense now why my emotions,my beauty, my wow is ink to my pen....
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 3:14:00 PM

    Until I read this rather enigmatic poem, I had seldom pause to ponder on why I write poetry; but thanks be to God, imaginative virility in poets like Samual still exist to prick us pause to ponder over why we do what we do the way we do them....Great verse!!!
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:40:00 PM

    This is a wonderful poem. I will share it with my poetry support group, I know they will enjoy this!
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:27:00 PM

    The read became more and more interesting as it progressed. All in all a noteworthy write. Welcome to a fellow newcomer.
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 11:14:00 AM

    Welcome. You have written the perfect poem!
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:38:00 AM

    Rock on Samual ; Through hardship to the stars.
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:58:00 AM

    Great read, and congratulations on your lifetime membership! If you find time maybe you would leave some feedback on some of my own writings? Keep up the good work!
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:37:00 AM

    love it,,,, I haven't been on line for a little more then two weeks. This is such a nice poem to read on my return to poetrysoup ;} I will be sure to read more of your words ;} you have an awesome day.
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 1:33:00 AM

    Lovely write Samuel, Reminds me of my own motivation. I do not understand Sam Love's Query though. God Bless. Dave.
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:50:00 PM

    Good Poem, My friend cleared my mind from the doubts and perplexities you are on the right track your poem has a massage that is whats important poets are massangers good work
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:46:00 PM

    I write because it feeds my soul, I could relate to this line so well :) keep writing and keep healing people by proxy
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:22:00 PM

    Realistic and motivating! Thank you :)
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:06:00 PM

    Love the line "heal people by proxy" You need to check the proper form for copyright.
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 5:43:00 PM

    Hi Samuel! Wow! A very impressive poem -a marvelous thought. Welcome as a premium Life Member. -Mohammad
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 2:11:00 PM

    I see beauty in this poem . Very uplifting piece. Congrats on your Lifetime Premium Membership!
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 1:42:00 PM

    Absolute truth. Your words flow without an effort Enjoyed it very much thank you
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 12:42:00 PM

    Inspiring yet realistic, although when I write it is just as well I do not seek perfection! Peter
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 12:27:00 PM

    Poets through the centuries have been trying to express this very thing. Good job here, poet. (I just write because I can't "not" lol )
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 12:20:00 PM

    Good work keep it up. writing is a gift; so use it well to bless souls.
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 12:13:00 PM

    Hello Mr.Ronththorpe, I enjoyed your poem. It is a good description of why poets write. I like it a lot. Thanks!
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:52:00 AM

    Too much repetition and many companies do not accept poems with the constant use of the word I I I
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 2:21:00 PM

    Ahh yes we are [emotion peddlers LOL] so are artists and actors and musicians aye? And excellent advise at the end too! Happy Thanksgiving Light & Love
  1. Date: 7/27/2012 9:32:00 AM

    To write a perfect poem - that is a laudable goal. Right now, I just write to express my thoughts and emotions that have been locked away for decades. I am glad when someone reads my poems.
  1. Date: 7/26/2012 10:38:00 PM

    inspirational... THANK YOU..XOX~PD
  1. Date: 7/26/2012 2:35:00 PM

    Good advice and a splendid poem! Write on my friend! :) Tanya