• Joe Henkel

A Poem about Poetry (why I write poems)

"Poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." - Robin Williams

I write, but not for the poets (though I hope the poets hear). 

I write to any who will listen and hope someone will care.


I write for the boy behind the screen, though he thinks he need not read.

I hope he learns that truth will stand, even when his childhood leaves.


I write to the poor man on the street who holds everything he knows,

Because this poet believes words are worth more than anything he owns.


I write not for the singer, but still I hope she listens,

Because she should sing some poems that she's carefully written.


I write mostly for my mother, because she slowly reads each line.

She knows that poems must be replayed more than a single time.


I write to those who will be awakened by what my poems have said,

Because words have the power to change a heart whenever they are read.


I write for those who will read my poem,

which may one day get titled author unknown.


It matters not when a stranger reads these poems and doesn't knows my name.

Because when the greatest poets are forgotten, it's the truth and hope that will remain.


I'm not hoping that my poems are ever seen or sold, 

I just hope that they will be read and their truths are still retold.


I write, for poetry will not die.

It's heart keeps on beating as long as humanity is alive.


Poets, writers, and singers are born and killed each day,

But the words they leave continue even when they're in the grave.


I write these poems for myself, because I know what my poetry means,

Glory to the Maker and changed lives are my deepest dreams.


I care not if another poet is impressed, by the way I write a poem or line.

Goodness, truth, and beauty is what I hope these poems will leave behind.




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