What is poetry to me!


What is poetry to you?

Let’s read some poems about poetry and get some kind of inspiration, before we write our poems.

Eating Poetry

by Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. 
There is no happiness like mine. 
I have been eating poetry. 

The librarian does not believe what she sees. 
Her eyes are sad 
and she walks with her hands in her dress. 

The poems are gone. 
The light is dim. 
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up. 

Their eyeballs roll, 
their blond legs burn like brush. 
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand. 
When I get on my knees and lick her hand, 
she screams. 

I am a new man. 
I snarl at her and bark. 
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

poet 2

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Dis Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah


Personal feelings pouring out of my pen

Objection to what irks me

Emotional involvement 100% pure

Tearing me apart, feeling lost

Reflections on life, on its ups and downs

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

This is poetry to me.  A deep-rooted urge to express myself.  A hymn to the capability of feeling, thinking, sensing and being.  Poetry does not do me.  Poetry frees. me.  Poetry is me and I AM POETRY.

Cristiana Ziraldo


8 thoughts on “What is poetry to me!

  1. Put the gun out and start shooting your dreams.

    The word moves me, I spin the world.
    I found out I’m an
    hopeless romantic
    by writing words from my world.
    Hit me like a train, like a bullet
    I’m a different twisted brain.
    discovers your true self
    as you were a shell
    dreaming oversea,
    overseeing your dreams.
    Would you rather have
    soy latte
    or Milky Way?
    Just shoot your star
    and write your words.
    Poetry will know it.

  2. POETRY is myself.
    POETRY represents me.
    POETRY is trying to show everybody my feelings.
    POETRY is writing music, colours, images.
    POETRY is the different ways to express what I feel.
    POETRY is breaking the chains and be free.
    POETRY is being different from the others.


    I have problems with comunication
    word starvation

    Ai, Io, Je, Ich, I found a solution
    on reading a lot, a retribution

    What’s in particular to heat my cold
    the few words in poetry that represent our tingle, our world.


    My poetry is the music in my head
    you can like it or not,
    but yes, you can write your own!
    This is mine but you can use my same pen.

    My poetry is my rainbow in a rainy day,
    poetry is doodling my life.
    I can’t control it,
    poetry is already part of me!

    Poetry is changing me in a better way,
    poetry is shaping my brain.
    My pen becomes part of my hand,
    I can’t live without it!

    Poetry is the right channel!
    Poetry is me, poetry is you,
    poetry is what you always see.
    Poetry is someone who always feed you!

    Poetry can be only a word or all a book,
    but poetry brings always away from you!
    Now use my same pen and write your poetry!

  5. Poetry is
    a Perfect
    Yearning for a taste of Glory
    of Eternity.
    Poetry is a scribbled doodle on dog eared sheets,
    a far-away Empire.

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