A Question An Answer

Eleanor at You Lil Dickens posted Ask Yourself with the question “Why is Poetry important to you?” I answered:

Poetry expresses many things we cannot layout as plain thoughts, words or deeds. Poetry allows us to mask reality in mysterious verse, soften hard realities, drive home points that need to be made. We can expose our deepest secrets, friendly or foul, in abstruse rhymes and mysterious lines left to the reader to unfold, and decode. Poetry is an avenue to express our feelings about life and death, love and rejection, freedom and oppression, faithfulness and unfaithfulness, sexuality and abstinence, belief and unbelief, good and evil. Through poetry we can express all the symptoms, right and wrong, of being human.

Chuck, The Reluctant Poet, asked me to post it here.

34 thoughts on “A Question An Answer

  1. A special thank you to both of you gentlemen for reblogging and thoughtfully commenting on this question! I appreciate you!

    There are so many things poetry can offer! As you so poignantly and concisely stated, it allows us to express ourselves in unique ways. Poetry can: Mask, Soften, Drive, Expose, Decode…

    Well said, my friend!

  2. You pretty well nailed it for how I feel about poetry, Tim. And I like the fact that each individual can come away with a different meaning from reading the same poem. Though, as poets, we may be infusing a poem with a personal meaning of our own, others can have a different takeaway. It’s all in the mind of the reader…

    • Thanks, KT. I agree. Like different ways of seeing, poetry has different ways of reading, understanding and interpreting. A poem evokes all kinds of different emotions depending on one’s state of mind, personal experiences and situation at any given time in any give space.

    • Thanks, Tiffany. You paint your poetry on canvas, and mask reality in mysterious lines, colors and shapes.

  3. A good question and great answer! “Poetry expresses many things we cannot layout as plain thoughts, words or deeds” and “Through poetry we can express all the symptoms, right and wrong, of being human” particularly resonated.

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