Because

For Susie’s prompt at Real Toads – why do you write poetry. This is also for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.

Because
When I was 11 T.S. Eliot took my poetic cherry.
I bled buckets of poetry –
I became a nymphopoetrymaniac.
I had to have it.
I didn’t care if it was sweet
or if it was my hands against the wall
being slammed from behind.
I howled I purred I sizzled I was intense.
I like the hands on the wall kind best.
I consider the sweet stunning evocative bs –
to be masturbation.
I like my poetry hot and wild
full of passion.
I write poetry because of rain snow moon grass
because of the taste of words on my tongue.
because of wind birds death life
because of I need it.
because I love it.
because you read.

Hosukai – Great Wave off Kanagawa

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 16:19:10

    Amen! Poetry is the craving and thirst we as poets need and write about. Love this so much.

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  2. erbiage
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 16:21:28

    Wow Toni this is Smoking! *whew*

    When you let it out, it’s very powerful. I hope you do so more often

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  3. sanaarizvi
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 16:44:44

    Of course we read! We love you 😀 Such a heartfelt write, Toni! 💖💖

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  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 17:00:42

    Wet and hard and short of breath, we all are slammed against your wall, hanging on every word; proud to be readers, writers and part of the poetic fellowship.

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  5. Charmed Chaos
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 17:05:37

    Wow Toni, sensual and raw. An incredible write!

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  6. Misky
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 17:09:36

    Nothing like a passionate poem!

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  7. amplewoman
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 17:13:11

    Awesome!!! Love the loving and sensual description of nymphopoetrymaniacs. You have made me wonder who took my poetic cherry?

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  8. coalblack
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 18:08:53

    Not stunning, fren. (I may be the only one who spots what you’re on about, there.) This is how i feel about poetry, too. maybe that’s why Jane Oliver never did it for me. Too polite, as a friend put it. Poetry should rock you, one way or the other.

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  9. wildchild47
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 18:42:50

    the best of words, are written with intensity and passion, and translate as such – regardless of subject matter or content — and yeah, slightly less than your more reflectively quiet a/mused side here, but hey, you have to follow the light within and heed the truth of the words – even if they are dark and angry —
    as for slammed against the wall?
    only if it’s truly by consent –
    as for being slammed into a wall because something unexpectedly rocks you, shatters you to the core, in verse? that’s a (w)hole other ball game –

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  10. V.J. Knutson
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 20:34:56

    Great description of a love affair with poetry.

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  11. rothpoetry
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 21:47:19

    Wow! Hot for Poetry!! Very passionate and intense… the only way to write that makes one want to read it! Well Done!

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  12. msjadeli
    Jan 24, 2019 @ 22:49:18

    :::lighting a lighter:::: :::raising it::: Rock On, Hot Poetry Goddess!

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  13. Sherry Marr
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 00:50:13

    I love the sizzle in this! A great opening line.

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  14. kim881
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 03:02:28

    An eleven year old nymphopoetrymaniac! A precocious poetry reader – some might say a little young for T.S. Eliot and being slammed from behind!
    This poem is hot and wild, Toni, and I love your ‘because’ list!

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  15. Brendan
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 03:43:09

    Great explication of the Why — discovering poetry’s autoerotic whirligig, who wouldn’t indulge it like breathing the sun? I wasn’t much of a reader of poetry as a kid or teen but once I got to college and discovered Theodore Roethke and Sylvia Plath, awaaayyyyy I went.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 25, 2019 @ 16:12:29

      Yes. The most important part of my Poem is the whys at the end. And poetry should shake one out of one’s complacency. I am going back to my roots in Japanese roots and trying to say much in few words. I shook my own self!

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  16. L. Stevens
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 13:04:40

    Love this! My new writing goal might be “being a hands against the wall” poet!

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 25, 2019 @ 13:07:26

      Glad to hear it. I am a big proponent of fewer words as well. I am cutting back on my “wordage”…gettimy back to my Japanese poetry origins.

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  17. annell4
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 13:15:11

    …and I read it because you write!!! Thanks Toni.

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  18. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 14:28:03

    Nice description of a ” nymphopoetrymaniac”.

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  19. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 15:49:00

    I think the same way about poetry… it should not sooth, it should unsettle you, but most of all it should be read, it should be read out loud

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  20. Carrie V. H.
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 20:23:11

    A beautiful truth of a poet’s passion for words. I love this Toni and yes we read what we love!

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  21. Jim
    Jan 25, 2019 @ 22:52:47

    I love it, Toni. Dare I say that Toni got wild. Sooo many thoughts evoked, both the whens and the whys were great. Your second part, the whys, match mine. The first parts match my opioid addiction when I let it take over my body (really my body takes over the addiction).
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  22. Lona Gynt
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 13:08:03

    Poem both sublime and sublimated. Passionate. I still like actual sex better. This makes me miss it

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  23. Lona Gynt
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 13:09:08

    Thinking about the metaphor, I think the only masturbatory poems are the ones with no reader?

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 26, 2019 @ 17:18:54

      Actually, people focus on the when rather than the all important why in the last few lines

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      • Lona Gynt
        Jan 26, 2019 @ 20:19:27

        Yes, those are key, need, love, and connection, to have a reader share in what is as visceral and primal as a poem. I really love this poem Toni, it is one of my favorites from dVerse, gets at Ars Poetica honestly. “A poem is a naked person”
        Part of my point is that even “sweet stunning evocative bullshit” to be a shared affection rather than masturbatory if It written to be shared, it is just not as full throated or perhaps less restrained than up against the wall. Thank you for sharing Toni, poetry is life, in all its corners. 💜

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        • kanzensakura
          Jan 26, 2019 @ 20:54:52

          Thank you Lona. Some people, all they write are these sweet live poems full of longing and I often think, this is a virgin writing this perpetual drek. Everything is a monotone, even the ones full of “longing”. I remember the day when I was 11 and I went whining to my grandmother, I am bored. She sucked her teeth and went to our library and came back with three books: collection of T.S. Eliot, Ulysses, and Walden Pond. These ought to keep you busy for a couple of weeks. I still have that battered edition of Eliot on my bedside table. Poetry is my life as well.

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          • Lona Gynt
            Jan 26, 2019 @ 21:14:30

            What am awesome grandmother! Ulysses! 11 years old. Wow, had you even read portrait of the artist as a young man first? 💜 your grandma!

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            • kanzensakura
              Jan 26, 2019 @ 21:44:14

              No but I read it in tandem with TS Eliot. My grandmother knew I was a smart kid even then. LOL> She was truly awesome, just like my parents.

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  24. Grace
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 15:03:33

    You got the passion for poetry. Just go and write it all down.

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  25. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 16:15:27

    I love this, especially the first few lines. Well done! ❤

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 26, 2019 @ 17:15:40

      Thank you Dr. Howe! Most people focus on the when rather than the more important why in the closing lines.

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  26. navasolanature
    Jan 26, 2019 @ 17:18:58

    I can understand the intensity that drives your poetry as TSEliot had that kind of power punch over me at a similar age. I love your ‘poetic cherry’ being taken!

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  27. Vivian Zems
    Jan 27, 2019 @ 07:09:22

    You said for all of us, I think, Toni. This made me smile (oh my!). Well said, crafted, penned etc etc . Love it!

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  28. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jan 28, 2019 @ 20:45:37

    This really is a knock-out humdinger! 🙂 It hit me and just kept strong the whole way through! Amazing.

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  29. Sam Allen Creative Coach
    Feb 08, 2019 @ 06:55:53

    Fantastic poem bursting with lust and life! Thanks for sharing! I am a Creative Life Coach and have a poetry blog in case you have time to read? http://www.peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com and I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively, let’s follow each other if you use this medium? Have a good day? Sam :

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