A contribution to reality
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.” — Dylan Thomas
I tend to think of time spent reading poetry as a luxury, and certainly it’s possible to live without it. But poems have had a place in my life that is far more practical and necessary than first seems apparent. Reading poetry can be therapeutic and cathartic; it can be an amusing distraction or a much-needed voice of understanding in a dark and lonely hour. Writing poetry hones our ability to shut out the unnecessary and pare down to essentials. It trains us to communicate effectively by packing each word and phrase with meaning. Today I invite you to set aside five minutes, or fifteen, to appreciate a poem or two. It will be time well spent. And please, feel free to add a link to one of your favorite poems in the comments.