5 Solid Reasons to Write Poetry

Have you ever tried to write poetry? I think you should. It promotes creativity.

I love good poetry. Carl Sandburg is one of my favorite poets. I also love Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. I’ve spent countless hours reading great poetry from dozens of poets. I love language and poets are the masters of language.

A few years ago, I decided to try my own hand at poetry. I’d been writing song lyrics for years, so it was a natural progression. I’ll be sharing a poem from my book, Incandescent Man Walking,¬†later in this post, but first I’d like to encourage you to write your own poetry.

5 Solid Reasons to Write Poetry

  1. Creativity: If you want to get more creative, writing is always a good place to start. When you write poetry, you force yourself to think creatively.
  2. Discipline: Writing poetry takes discipline. You have to make the time to practice writing. You have to sit down and work at your craft. That’s discipline.
  3. Minimalism: Great poetry uses the least amount of words needed to relay a message. Poetry is brevity. When you write poetry you learn how to communicate more directly. Learn more about minimalism.
  4. Empathy: Great poets put themselves into the shoes of others. When we practice writing poetry, we have to consider how others feel. We increase our ability to empathize.
  5. Communication: The more you write, the better communicator you become. If you want to increase your communication skills, write poetry.

Incandescent Man Walking


I’d like to share a poem from my first book of poetry. This short poem was one of the first poems I wrote for the Incandescent Man project. There was really no rhyme or reason for this poem, I just wrote it. I believe that’s part of the point of poetry: to let your mind wander on paper, to express yourself without limits.

The Importance in Naming Dogs

If ever I get a dog,

perhaps a Border Collie,

I think I’ll name her Cadence.

If by choice or fortune,

I get myself a pair,

I’ll surely name him sky.


A name’s a name,

so some would say.

I’d prefer to forego prudence.

It’s obvious to me

they’d go perfectly together.

I can’t quite tell you why.


If you’d like to read more of my poetry, you can get Incandescent Man Walking at Amazon