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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


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Date: 11/28/2023 4:14:00 PM

I do consider you as a friend on the soup. and FB also. And never say never all it takes is one piece. That one quote, that one ideal. Achieving greatness comes with try after try. I look at my work and I thank God for what he's given me. Take and use what He gives you.
Date: 11/28/2023 3:46:00 PM

A beautiful dedication to the power of poetry in your life...a great contest contender. I'm hoping to write for the contest as well...a very meaningful and heartfelt poem, Andrea. Have a great evening, Sara
Date: 11/28/2023 2:37:00 PM

Beautiful, warm.... I could not imagine it either!
Date: 11/28/2023 1:07:00 PM

A lovely write. I know how you feel. Good Luck. We both did this one... Have a blessed day writing away.................