Art is My Religion

February 4, 2010

On Why We Need Poets

Filed under: art,poetry — Michele Spector @ 9:00 pm
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By Michele Spector

When the world exudes nonsense,

And our inner and outer collide,

Or we lose touch along the way,

Feeling trivial, doubts make sway,

We need what a poet can scribe.

Between each pregnant pause,

Misbeat of a broken heart,

Or love unrequited goes,

How can you say how you feel,

Oh, only a poet would know.

We cry out for meaning,

And we find not clue,

With a swoop of a pen,

A poet can my friend,

With much more ado.

Now you know as well as I,

There’s nothing more for it,

Not by craft you may devise,

That life is empty and colorless,

You simply don’t view life,

Lest peered through poet’s eyes.

As necessary as food, or water is a poet. No one should be allowed to move through life without reading it. It reminds us of who we are, not what we do. At the beginning and end of the day, we are human beings. And besides the security, and love we all require, we need a sacred place in our hearts around which everything else revolves–poetry.



  1. This is a praise for all poets of the world..

    And it is beautifully written too that’s why i must say THANK YOU šŸ™‚

    Comment by nanno1982 — February 4, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

    • Wow! Thank you for that compliment. I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 4, 2010 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, beautifully written! Lovely to read a kindred spirit…kudos to you!

    Comment by jvonbargen — February 4, 2010 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  3. I really love what you say here, Michele, I couldn’t agree more. Poetry and art do indeed remind us of who we are, and helps us discover it, too. I feel as though writing poetry helps me find out about myself, and it makes life more rich than otherwise. It’s a great thing to have. Brava!

    Comment by tonydowning — February 5, 2010 @ 2:41 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much. It’s an older poem of mine. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 5, 2010 @ 6:46 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments. I enjoyed the haiku’s on your blog also, although I have no idea how to write one.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 6, 2010 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  4. i really enjoyed this

    Comment by kseverny — February 5, 2010 @ 2:49 am | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes I think I lose perspective on things I write. it’s nice to get some feedback. Thanks.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 5, 2010 @ 6:47 am | Reply

    • Thank you!

      Comment by artiste7 — February 5, 2010 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  5. very unique perspective, šŸ˜‰

    Comment by jingle — February 5, 2010 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  6. Your comment on my blog made me curious about yours, and I must say that I like it! I love this blog and couldn’t agree more: poetry is still relevant in today’s world šŸ™‚

    Comment by seaofcurls — February 6, 2010 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments. Yes, the world needs all of us. We have to keep reminding ourselves we are human first.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 6, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  7. Love it… Poets need to stick together. Really enjoy all your writing. There’s beauty and thoughtfulness

    Comment by moondustwriter — February 11, 2010 @ 3:39 am | Reply

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my words. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I also remember the line from Dr. Zhivago: “Nobody likes poetry like a Russian!” Well then we’re all Russian.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 11, 2010 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  8. I love that line from Dr. Zhivago as well and really enjoyed your poem. I hear disparaging comments about poets more often than not, and have sometimes been guilty of referring to myself as “just a poet.” Your words helped me remember that all Art is poetry and vice versa. Thank you!

    Comment by Anna Cork — February 11, 2010 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

    • The world needs poets. Nobody is “just a poet”. Like any other art, it takes work. It is no small task to look at all those places in ourselves and write about it.

      Comment by artiste7 — February 11, 2010 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

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