What I like about Writing Poetry

By Mary Atkinson

 

I like

 

the spaces

 

between

 

the lines

 

and the spaces

 

between     the     words

 

 

I like how you can

indent

some words

and

Not others

 

I like to put lots of words on one line and keep going all the way across the page then

Stop

 

I like how the word moon

brings nighttime to the page

and that a river can be a snake

or a border

or a squiggly mirror for the sky

 

I like the smell of honeysuckle blossoms

in winter

and the feel of soft rain on my face

on a sunny day

 

In a poem, I can do cartwheels in wet grass or

be a ten-year-old boy chasing fireflies with a jar

 

I like what I don’t say

and when I don’t say it

 

I like to cleverly cluster consonants and move smooth vowels

 

I like to repeat a pattern and see what that does

 

Sometimes I like to rhyme

But not all of the time

 

I like to write poetry

because

poetry

connects

me

to

you