Write A Poem

“Write A Poem”

–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #15


You really need to write a poem.

It might be hard for you.

Words tend to be elusive.

At times, you might have too

Much that you want to say.

And later, you might feel

Like you are brain-dead.

I want you to know that’s

Completely normal behavior.

Even the mightiest wordsmiths

Have those painful moments.

You might say you’re not a poet.

You might say you only write

Epic space battles or perhaps

Fantasy unrequited love stories

Or maybe zombie teen fiction.

That doesn’t matter at all!

Poets come from every type

Of writing background.

Take comfort that poems

Are shorter than books.

That might make them scarier,

But they don’t have to be.

Yes, you have less word count.

However, I’m going to ask that

You push that negativity aside.

It is absolutely 100% okay

If the poem you put your soul

Into turns out extremely awful.

That will not bring on the end

Of the universe, so relax!

Poetry is allowed to suck.

The beauty of art is subjectivity.

So now you’re out of excuses.

You really need to write a poem.