Why a Poet #5

I’ve been asked

How I pick my words, my lines, my phrases

Do I mould them as per my mood

Or do I let the ink guide me

Do I pick a theme, a prompt, a muse

Or do I succumb to verbal epiphany

Have I ever seen a plot

when looking out the window

Or have I lost track of my thoughts

while drowning in lyrical melody

Wise questions these be

one and all

With answers more than many

I write not because words come to me

I write

because of who I am

I do not sketch a map, a plot or outline

Neither do I choose a setting

I do not gush out words like a pump

nor sit on a piece for days

I write not when things come to me

I write when they make sense

I write for myself at times

and at times for the eyes of another

I write for the world at large

and at times I cross out an entire piece

never to see the light of the day

You ask me how I write

You should have asked

why I write



Thank you so much everyone for showering so much love on the ‘Why A Poet” series. I am beyond grateful. Looking forward to your views on this piece too. So, please don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments section down below.

As always, thank you so much for reading!



P.S. – To read the first four features in the “Why a Poet” series, please click on the links below:

  1. Why a Poet

  2. Why a Poet #2

3. Why a Poet #3

4. Why a Poet #4


21 thoughts on “Why a Poet #5

  1. ‘I write for myself at times’-absolutely. And if others like it it’s a bonus. That’s the relationship we have with the world-something in our outer world creates something within our inner world that we bring out into the light. That’s our creative dialogue.

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    1. Oh my, thank you! You always make me smile. This comment really made my day. A very heartfelt thank you. I’m so happy that you like my work and keep coming back to read. 💕


  2. You are very welcome. And thank you for liking my poem as well. I think our modern world does not know poetry, and we who have been given this gift must awaken them again. Keep writing, and keep dreaming.

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