By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Here is a delightfully-crafted poem by Cleo Johnson, a member of Tuesday Writers. Its honesty, candor and arrangment into three-line stanzas make it a pleasure to read.
Cleo has taken some liberty with the language in an e.e. cummings way by combining “I” with “Write” because the act of writing and the writer are not separate.
Cleo has enjoyed experimenting with different forms of writing since she retired five years ago. She is a Rockford resident, and since all of her children live a long distance a way, she spends spare time writing and sharing her work with others. The poem explores why she writes.
If you are a writer, you will really relate to this poem. If you are not a writer, you will find out what makes writers tick.
WHY I WRITE
To clear the detritus out of my head
And arrange it into a captivating story
Of the joyful essence of my life
To capture an enlightening thought
To share with someone else and
Add to their stories
To reflect on my own story
Which affects the why and way that I feel
In the light of each new day
To lay to rest troubling thoughts
Bury them on a page out of sight
Remove them from my mind battles
To store away random ideas
Which seem to make some kind of difference
To reflect on at length at a later date
To entertain and interest an audience
With information new and exciting
To seep into the corners of their thoughts
From the November 4-10, 2009 issue