Alison Smith

Rookie (22nd February 1957 / Orange, New South Wales, Australia)

Why Write A Poem? - Poem by Alison Smith

When you put your words on paper
Are you writing a poem or just data
Do you consider that someone is reading
Exposing your heart as it is bleeding

When you put the words down
Are you aware that they make us frown
Is a few lines even a stanza of verse
Or just a query perverse

Why write a poem at all
When your words just fall
Off the page in a rush
Without causing us to hush.

So many words used
Think poetry is abused
Blog if you must
Dont use our trust

Why write a poem
If all you want is
To vent a feeling in
A few words or many.

Oh thats right
Thats why you write a poem...

Comments about Why Write A Poem? by Alison Smith

  • (2/15/2007 3:20:00 PM)

    Hmmmm, i know what you mean by this.....but simply for me i use poetry as a way of putting my feelings on paper, no matter what way i use words to change it or twist it.....I've always found that this is the best method for me....but your poem, or data or whatever you may call it is good.

    Hazel :)

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  • (2/13/2007 4:02:00 AM)

    You're right, poetry is useless. Then why do we care? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/10/2007 12:25:00 AM)

    Very nice Alison. I loved it! (Report)Reply

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  • (2/7/2007 6:52:00 AM)

    I really liked your choice of words and how they flow… nicely done! (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2007 6:30:00 AM)

    Agree with T here Alison, a good point but mostly poetry should be a vessel by which to express our emotions, if others don't like, they don't have to read. This, however, is a well placed point. HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2007 6:09:00 AM)

    Dear Alison, yes thats exactly how I feel sometimes, how to draw the line between inflicting my thoughts on others and a kind of self censorship that stops a Poem from taking up its life and being released from the soul.
    Love David

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  • (2/6/2007 5:00:00 AM)

    Shouldn't this be in a blog? I disagree with this - writing is cathartic for the writer, sometimes, and reading others having similar feelings has the same effect. That doesn't alter the fact that I think this is a well composed, thoughtful poem, and many will share the sentiment. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (2/6/2007 4:47:00 AM)

    The message is the gift
    The poem is its parcel
    Hopefully, your spirits lift
    (Unless the author is an a….ntagonist?)
    Danny; ¬)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 8, 2011

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