I read a comment the other day from someone who said they stopped writing poetry because it was a waste of time. I thought, they must not have been passionate about the craft because if you genuinely love poetry, then you never stop reading or writing it. The ones out there supporting poetry are the ones who find value in words. We cannot all have the careers of the greatest poets, but for those who continue to write, or aspire to write for the love of poetry, there are many ways to keep an audience reading your work.
Be Honest – There has been a subsequent division in our nation lately because we no longer respect the opinions of others. Be the poet to speak truths no one else will. Use your own experiences or research to correct the madness and propaganda flying around social media.
Be Funny – The happenings of the world have been looking a little grim. Channel that sense of humor you keep hidden and write something funny. Poets often tap into the emotions filled with much pain and sorrow, so shed some lightheartedness with some humorous poetry for a change. Making someone laugh could change their day.
Be Human – Step out of your emotional box for a moment and take some time to observe everything around you. Write about the homeless woman that you see often on your way to work. Put yourself in the shoes of that angry boss who makes others miserable. Try figuring out why your neighbor doesn’t like to socialize at community events. Just be human instead of judging everyone for their faults and write from another’s point of view.
Be Passionate – We all enjoy something that takes us to our happy place. Write about why you love escaping to a quite lake to fish. Tell readers why they should experience surfing the waves or hiking a mountain. If you love the rowdy crowds of a concert or sports event, give an account of why they bring you joy. Write about anything you are passionate about.
There is a fabulous quote from the novel A Clockwork Orange: “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” Be that poet who writes something memorable that a reader will not forget. Show the value of words to the doubters and unbelievers who think poetry is a waste of time.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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