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Untitled: The Reason I Write Poems

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Centfie writes, reads and analyzes poems from a psychological POV. See her book on Amazon: "Piece of Mind: Everyone has an Untold Story."

Dear writer, what's your title? I wrote the poem "Untitled" a while back in 2016. You can find it in my poetry book known as Piece of Mind: Everyone Has an Untold Story. The book is my first collection of poems with various themes, collected over a few years, and depicting my state of mind, then.

Sometimes I read some of my poems and wonder how wise I was for my age, and sometimes I shake my head at how naive I was.

Reading it through "Untitled" recently, I realized how much I have grown as a writer and a poet over the years. I hope writers and poetry lovers will relate. It's a poem by a writer, about writers, and for writers and readers.

In fact, this poem has inspired me to keep writing. Let me know what you think of it. I will appreciate any useful comment, whether negative or positive.



This poem is titled untitled so you may name it “The Reason I Write Poems”
Like my life or your life, titles are likely to confine this poem to what it is not.

I write because I can
I am an artist who paints with words.
I am a musician who sings with silence.
I am a shrink who hypnotizes with realism.

I write to identify
With Sonnets that Shakespeare had not written,
With the road that Robert Frost did not take,
With the lyrics of Maya Angelou’s caged bird
With all that African poets try ‘to be or not to be’
With the lovers and critics of poetic expression

I write for
Me, you, her, him, it, them and those
With mended hearts, loved hearts, pleased hearts
Broken hearts, confused hearts or ruined hearts

I write to
Make you wonder who the persona is and who the poet is
Experiment with poetic devices. I use metaphors. I like rhymes.
To entertain and to look at life from another person’s perspective.
Not everything is personal. I stretch my abilities by being imaginative.

I write to speak
For the speechless. I write a million words but aloud I talk nix.
They ask where I get words to write. They say I overthink.
I tell them it is to critical-think and to creative-think.
I question what is no longer questioned. I seek links.

I write because
Every beginning is an end of something else.
Every joy marks the end of some sadness.
Every truth cannot be spoken lest it comes out impolite.

I write to
Allow me to flow with life anywhere it takes me. Let it take me.
Pass the rapids, hurl the rocks, jump the blocks, move the mountains.
I write to surpass. I will not be shame. I will not be fame. I am the same.

I write
Wherever I land. Whenever words materialize
My mind will clear. My stress will vanish.
Else the words will finish me like a burst of an atomic bomb.

I write when
I want to cry but there is no tear out of my eye
It burns and itches but it refuses to fall
I want to set all my fury and frustrations free

I write when
I am afraid of death. I have a dependent.
All I can do is wait. Do my duties and wait.
Love my mate and wait. Love God and wait. Wait for it.

I write when
I can't afford food on the table, roof overhead, and clothes for chilly weather.
I try but I fail and I try again but I fail again at most things I try to do.
I am high on happiness, love, passion and money

I write when
They judge negatively whilst failing to recognize the effort I put
They think am not trying because I prefer to conceal my ambition
They think that my obsession with reciting, reading or writing poetry is impractical

I write to be
Who I am. I am a self-proclaimed poet. I am a straightforward poet.
I am whatever I like. I am whomever I want. I love poetry.
It is the greatest threat to the love of the man who inspires it in me.

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By the way,
I do it my way. I meditate. I do not imitate. You will relate.

© 2021 Centfie


Centfie (author) from Kenya on September 13, 2021:

Ravi Rajan, I appreciate your input. Thank you.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 15, 2021:

Wonderfully said Centfie. Your poem is a fitting tribute to all the writers, poets, and all those people in this world who write without or without reason. As you have rightly said, writing is food for the soul. We do not need a reason to write..We just write and allow our words to transport us to new realms of fantasy and inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Centfie (author) from Kenya on August 15, 2021:

Thanks, Eve Nandwa

Eve Nandwa from Nairobi on June 28, 2021:

Wonderful piece. My first ever read from you a few years ago. I still have enjoyed it.

Centfie (author) from Kenya on June 23, 2021:

Thank you, John Hansen. I appreciate your views. Although, through the years it seems to me that poets think alike, and imitate accidentally. Well, I do imitate sometimes, but never plagiarize!

Centfie (author) from Kenya on June 23, 2021:

Welcome, Chitrangada Sharan. Knowing that such a great poet like you likes my work is encouraging.

Centfie (author) from Kenya on June 23, 2021:

Hi Vidya, thank you for your kind comment. I happy to know my poem resonates with you!

Centfie (author) from Kenya on June 23, 2021:

Thank you, Bill Holland. Your comment is weighty to me.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2021:

I think we can all relate to this fine poem.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 17, 2021:

Wonderful poem Centfie. I can relate to the reasons you have given for wanting to write, to become a writer. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2021:

Hi Centfie!

I liked reading your thoughts about writing poems, or the art of writing itself! And, I find myself writing, almost for the same reasons, mentioned in your well crafted poem!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2021:

Centfie, this poem encompasses so many reasons to want to write, to write, and be “a writer.” It is quite unique so you are certainly not imitating. Yes, I can relate. Nice work.

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