Why?

For Bjorn’s Prompt on Real Toads – write a poem that asks questions.  This is the 29th day of NAPOWRIMO. Almost at the end!!!

Why?
“So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down?… Why should I be the one to dream this nightmare?” Ralph Ellison

Why do I write poetry?
Why am I fascinated by the Japanese forms?
Why do I fall in love with dead men?
Why do deaths always come in threes?
Which do I like more – dogs or cats?
Why do I sit at night on my back steps
listening to the music of the stars, cicadas,
night birds, tree frogs heralding rain?
Why do I ask questions when I know the answers
deep in my soul?
Why do I write poetry?

 

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sophia DiNola
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 13:03:57

    Love how you framed these curious questions with the question of poetry writing itself. We write to ask and to answer.

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  2. Charmed Chaos
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 13:05:17

    All great questions Toni!

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  3. coalblack
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 13:28:04

    To entertain ME, clearly! Oh wait, am I making it all about myself? Oops. Sometimes, find, the questions are enough, with the answers left indistinct, or as you’ve said, known but not spoken. Us poets write between those two points, i think.

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  4. sanaarizvi
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 15:31:26

    “Why do I ask questions when I know the answers deep in my soul?” This is incredibly poignant! ❤️

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  5. annell4
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 15:32:31

    This is certainly one of new favorites!! So beautiful, almost a song, all by itself.

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  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 15:51:38

    I think some questions you know all the answers too… and some there is no real answers to… but maybe without answers we invite others to whisper theirs to the night.

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  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 18:29:51

    I love all your questions, put together as poetry. Worth asking once, even pondering – then we realise, not only do we already know the answers, deep in the soul – even if we didn’t, the answers don’t matter. Just to do and be these things is enough. And THAT is the answer. (Paradoxically, can’t be arrived at without asking the questions, at least once.) So, thanks for this journey!

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    • kanzensakura
      Apr 29, 2019 @ 19:24:34

      Thank you Rosemary. Some of these questions are indeed paradoxes and some that I know the answers too.

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  8. Susie Clevenger
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 19:43:20

    Why?… Oh, for me I am so curious, driven in some things.

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  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 00:04:30

    poetry is simplicity and complexity, knowledge and questions, romance and bitterness – it is real and fictional – it is a part of us – our times on the porch, listening, and the times we are an emotional mess… and then we start writing… 🙂

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