If it Wasn't For Poetry
If it wasn’t for poetry, where would I be today?
I would not have developed nearly as many friendships
as I have in the last 24 years since starting out as a poet.
In making friends with lovely fellow poets,
I have gained insights into their lives,
have been moved by them, and have learned from them.
Thanks to many of my dear poet friends,
I have improved my skills in the writing of forms
which never could I have fathomed
having written in my youth!
Also, I would never have felt the sweet thrill of success
from mentoring others after being mentored myself,
from being published and having created poems
which were appreciated by others.
In addition, I enjoy exercising my mind
and feeling confident in my writing skills today.
Though there is little money in it, and though
I will never make a name for myself like Poe or Frost did,
It’s fun and fulfilling to express feelings and ideas creatively.
My life has been enriched by my becoming a poet.
Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2023