by Mari McKee
a poem about how and why poets write poetry
|Who Reads Poetry Except Another Poet?
Who reads poetry except another poet?
It is a matter of the poet being able to excel at playing
the bait and switch game,
enticing the reader to, at least, begin to read his work, then seizes the reader’s attention,
and trap him into reading the poem.
The poet may want to tell a story
or he may want to sway the reader to his way of thinking.
There are as many reasons
for writing poetry as there are poems.
So how does a poet write a poem?
A spark of electricity fires off from the neurotransmitter
in a synapse and results in a thought.
A virtual generator is needed to spark enough thoughts to allow for the genesis
of an idea, Touch, taste, smell, hearing, seeing and intuition awaken
to become playmates with an idea and bring it to fruition.
For some poets, it’s the aroma of freshly brewed coffee,
for others it’s the touch of their lover’s skin,
and then there are others, that by viewing a thing of beauty,
leads all of them to become inspired,
to put pen to paper, and expound their idea for a poem.
The poet must then possess talents in his abilities
to interpret, elucidate, explicate, elaborate and illustrate
his idea into a meaningful poem,
with the use of a good vocabulary
in order to reach all poetry aficionados.
In the end, the epitome of poetry,
as well as the poet’s reward,
in being able to elicit
an emotional and lasting response