Why I Write

To say “I will not draw”

because Michelangelo lives next door
and is forever showing me his drawings,
to say, “I will not paint” as Monet is in his garden
(again!)mixing colors for his next great work,
to say “I will not design a stitch”
because Edith Head lives down the street
and is forever flaunting her work in my face,
To say, “I will not write” as So-and-so’s 
grasp of the language, nuances and phrasing
put me to shame,
(and besides….look at those followers),
to say all this defies the God-breathed
seed inside of me–the only me who can 
write what I see through these eyes–
my voice, pouring out in words, my way,
not the only way, but a facet of Him whose voice
began it all.  
I will write be-jeweled lines to crown this life 
and leave it a better, more beautiful place.
That’s why I write.
~~~~~
This poem was originally published on my poetry blog, ‘another facet’ in May, 2015. You can read more of my poems there.

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19 thoughts on “Why I Write

  1. Jody, your poem scooped me out of the quicksand into which I often succumb-that of comparison. Thank you. Beautifully expressed!

  2. L-O-O-V-E this, Jody! I've always been a fan of your be-jeweled lines, filled with the treasures of wisdom, insight, thoughtful metaphors, fun alliteration, and more. You ARE making the world a better, more beautiful place with your words!

  3. I adore this Jody. Every word and the most beautiful reason ” to leave it a better, more beautiful place”. Were neighbors today at #smallwonder!

  4. This is really beautiful and very true. Very, very fine. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Oh. You nailed it, Jody. I love this so much, how you own your voice and the “be-jeweled lines,” your hopes of leaving a more beautiful place behind with your words. Thank you for this.

  6. Ah! So lovely. May we all truly “leave it a better, more beautiful place.” Yes.xo

  7. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SIS……tattooing this on my soul today…”I will write be-jeweledlines to crown this life and leave it a better, more beautiful place.That's why I write.”

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