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, you can get Incandescent Man Walking at Amazon