Why Do You Write Poetry?


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Why do you write poetry? Is it an act of self-expression? Do you write it to connect with your readers or just for something to fill up your blog?

Do you feel like there is something deeply personal when a writer is able to knit some words together with metaphors, similes, and a few rhythmic syllables? Does it thrill you to get the syllable count of your Haiku, Senryu, or Haibun to fit into the perfect expression of your artistic ability? Me too!

Good poetry should provoke thoughts and feelings in the reader by speaking to some kind of thought or idea that you aren’t afraid to talk about. Pay attention to the sounds your words make through diction and syntax. Use your word choice to create strong images. Always use clear, memorable words to get your point across.

Remember, poetry is subjective. Your words can have contrasting meanings to different people because it depends on their interpretations, moods, or perceptions.

Writing poetry is creating a special kind of magic with words that touch the hearts of your readers. We write poetry to look at things in a different way!



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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Love this Colleen!
    Initially I wrote poetry because I loved to find a rhythm, and rhyming words.
    Then slowly I learned to experiment with different forms, and realised that there were so many ways to express yourself, poetically!
    Sometimes my poems are lighthearted, or just off the cuff, spurred on by prompt words, but sometimes, they have a deeply personal meaning too, possibly outlining my feelings at the time of writing.
    There are times I write something and the feedback I get, the insight others give to it, amazes me too!
    I never knew what I wrote could resonate so much with others!
    I do love a good poem!

  2. Love this. I am not a poet but it helps me realize I like to write Haikus once in awhile to express an idea, story or creativity in fewer words.

    • Maybe it’s the breaking down into the simplest terms with no mess that appeals to us poets. The brevity of the words will have to have an impact. Now, you know you should join in my challenge. You’re always welcome. <3

  3. I love the thrill of a fabulous rhyme in my limericks and packing in so much in so few syllables in a 5/7/5 is a buzz

  4. oh, i love this ,colleen –

  5. Here’s my latest poem. It is a love poem … an ode to the finer things in life.


  6. I love the Maya Angelou quotation, Colleen.
    Writing poetry is my creative outlet. I do a lot of other writing–books on history, sexuality, gender, and test writing. But poetry is my way of de-stressing, and in a way, it helps me make sense of my world and the world. Of course, I hope that people enjoy it, and I would love to publish and reach a wider audience, but even if that doesn’t happen, I would still write.

  7. Because it’s fun! It always me to express myself in a new way. There is a power in the brevity of poems that excites me. I’d love to publish an anthology of poems and maybe one day I will.:)

  8. I like to play with words and images. (K)

  9. No one ever told me that I couldn’t!

  10. Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above. I love weaving words and syllables that make me think, and hopefully move others to come to their own conclusions. <3

  11. I write poetry because I cannot not write poetry. I love the Japanese forms especially…the connection to nature, the wabi sabi, the words specific to seasons, for example kisame which means rain that drips from tree branches. I have been writing classic haiku (not the 5-7-5 stuff) for 30+ years and always find something new.

    • How nice to hear from you. I have not attempted the traditional Haiku because of the language barrier. I follow the English forms and like you feel closer to nature. I like the structure of the syllables. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. <3

  12. Loved! Love, Dead Poet Society.. 😎🥀

  13. Weaving words & creating magic…it’s hard to resist!

  14. What? There’s an option NOT to?

  15. Writing poetry, especially Haiku, has become an end in itself for me. I love words and choosing an unusual one to create an image. I love the feel and sound of meter and the way that lines are different when the same words are placed in a different order. I was amazed recently when one of my Haiku was read three different ways by three people and I learned something new. Thanks for asking.

    • It’s interesting how writing poetry seems to fill a special place in us all. Needless to say it is fulfilling. I too have noticed that our words can be taken many different ways. I’ve been emphasizing the use of synonyms because it seems to give a more definite meaning to our poetry. Hugs for sharing your thoughts. We all learn so much together. <3

  16. I find poetry to be the most mysterious of the literary arts. I don’t write poems the way I used to, but when I did they were bursts of pure expression that I left unchanged, the exact opposite of the deliberate and painstaking way I write fiction and drama.
    I also remember hearing that poetry is the mathematics of literature, the playwright Robert Anderson said that to John Steinbeck when Steinbeck was going through a spell of writer’s block.

    • You know, I think you and Steinbeck are on to something. Poetry creativity uses a different part of your brain. I don’t know this for sure, but I believe it. Fiction writing is a different out-pouring of the soul. I love the poetry forms of Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Tanka because of the syllable count. Now, this will sound crazy, but I crochet doilies with thread because it’s all in the counting of stitches. There is something in that counting that soothes and fires up my imagination. We humans must need that creative outlet. ❤️

  17. I write poetry because I have to. An idea comes into my head and won’t go away until I write it down.

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  19. Beautiful post and quote and it spoke to me in more ways than one. I just started blogging and writing poetry since the last September and have found to be really cathartic in nature. I wrote something on the similar lines as why do we write?

    Take a look, would really appreciate.


  20. Because. And because risking with words is such goddamn fun–not always harmless, and when the risk pays off–exaltation.

    And because, exaltation or not, those who read or hear the experiment and myself sing in the same exhalation.

  21. I love this post! Thank you! I write as an outlet for my emotions, thoughts and life inspirations. It has been brought to my attention that I love couplets. I then realized, that is just the way it flows for me. Thank you for this thought provoking post!

  22. OOooh, so interesting. I write because I have to. So, that it gives me a semblance of sanity. It helps me get through the worst. but the idea that pops into my mind sometimes get so strong, i sit down and pen. This inspired me, loved it so much. Thank you. Would you like to go through my verses?

  23. I write poetry because I grew up in a life of pain and abandonment, and the tears felt a lot easier with ink. So poetry saved Me from a great deal of sadness.❤⚡ So that’s why I write poetry..

  24. I can relate to this so much, and also Dead Poets Society is one of my favorites and also one of the reasons i started writing. ❤️

  25. This is really different!!! Love it !!!! 😃

  26. Poetry allows us to say exactly what we feel in the most coherent way possible..which sometimes isn’t all that coherent haha. For me, it is the voice of my soul, or higher self. Often we can say how we truly feel in very few words and poetry lets that happen.

  27. I write poetry when my mind feels cluttered and my heart and soul is lost

  28. I’m glad I randomly found your blog because I quite like it here! I may be a little old for YA but we both know that there is no such thing!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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