Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, I have two options for you. You can get Incandescent Man Walking at Amazon, or you can get my ebook, Permanence and Transparency when you sign up for The Creative Side newsletter. You’ll get 80 poems absolutely free. Will you sign up today?