I think about it sometimes, about why I write poetry. "An Explanation for the Blind" and ""Inpiration" are two other poems that I have written about this topic. There are 3 reasons why I write poetry.
1. Because I am trying to work something out in my own mind.
An example of this is the poem "The Flame Within." When I wrote that poem, I was attempting to get through a fight I had just had with my Mom and poetry was the only way I could work through that.
2. Because I am trying to make a statement.
"Useless Apology" is a good example of this. I am strongly against abortion and wrote that poem to express that. The mental and emotion scars of abortion last much longer than any physical ones ever could and that is what I have attempted to communicate in that poem.
3. Because if I don't let it out, I'll explode! :-)
Often, I will just become overwhelmed with the inspiration to write a poem and dash down to my computer, or as in one case wripped off a piece of a paper placemat, and start creating! The oddest things inspire me: dishing up ice cream, watching people, glancing out a window, ect.
Why do I write poetry?
I sometimes ask myself this question
And have even a poem attempting to answer it,
But I ask again: Why do I write poetry?
A friend once said to me,
"Poetry is our duty"
And I agree with him, for
One is obligated to attempt to imprint upon the world
And to recreate the visions one has seen.
But that does not answer my self-imposed inqiry
(As usual I tend to ramble)
I suppose the only answer is that
I could not stop writing any sooner than I could stop breathing
I frantically scribble down poetic words and fancy phrases
Like a crazed printer spits out
Page after page after page,
Unable to stop, and perhaps,
Not wanting too.
I do not claim that my poetry is good
For that is for you, the reader, to decide,
Though I am told by some that my work is,
I simply maintain that
Whether it be a literary masterpiece,
Or an embarressment,
Barely worthy of the tree that gave its life
That the piece might come alive,
I cannot help myself;
And therefor make no apologies.