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50 Reasons to Write Poetry

By Joe Sottilejoesottile2.jpg Rochester's Poet for Kids

1. To bear witness to life, the good, the bad, and the ugly

2. To discover what I feel

3. To express my feelings

4. To corral my experiences

5. To discover what I think, know and care about

6. To get life’s pain out

7. To use what hurts positively

8. To enjoy the power of words

9. To share serious thoughts

10. To define who I am

11. To be seen and heard

12. To open minds and change the world

13. To make sense of the world

14. To understand the human condition better

15. To stay engaged with my own divinity

16. To be authentic, genuine and real like Holden Caulfield

17. To avoid Depression

18. To build bridges with words

19. To keep my brain alert and alive

20. To keep Alzheimer’s at bay

21. To have something positive to daydream about—writing…

22. To recite my own poetry in traffic

23. To be part of various poetry groups and writing organizations

24. To be a leader instead of a follower

25. To conduct poetry workshops

26. To be anything I want to be in writing

27. To make others laugh

28. To share life’s wisdom and insights

29. To reveal to others what I think is truly ironic

30. To share what I am thankful for

31. To honor others

32. To get published in journals

33. To create books

34. To stretch my sensibilities

35. To keep on growing as a writer

36. To give back to others

37. To have new poems to read

38. To create publishing dates

39. To make poetry accessible to others, especially kids

40. To live life’s good parts again and again through my poetry

41. To be a local celebrity

42. To do in writing what I once thought impossible

43. To get faster to life’s “Bottom Lines” like Charlie Rose

44. To leave a record of my life

45. To perfect my “Last Lecture” with each poetry performance

46. To create some spending money

47. To make my mark on the world

48. To leave a legacy for my kids

49. To create a more interesting income tax return

50. To be of interest to the ladies (Shhhhhhh! Keep this a secret!)