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July 21, 2018

WHY TRY POETRY?

This piece is written by Mikaela Dizon, our guest writer in Write Things.

less is more

by Mikaela Dizon

 

i don’t understand

why people read and read

and read,

but pick up a poetry book

and can’t read more —

even though the words

are less.

even though less is more.

actually i do understand

i was once like that too

less seemed like more

and thus what did i

have to conquer fear for?

i felt that to hold wisdom

in the palm of my hands

like nothing

meant i stood no chance.

little did i know:

less is more,

and poetry would keep me grounded —

poetry would be my core.

 

Just recently, I wrote “less is more,” which is a poem about how poetry is often taken for granted. Many people who don’t read poetry are hindered by their fear of complicated words and mixed-up phrases. But poetry is what connects humanity; it’s what serves life up on a platter, saying: “take it with a grain of salt”. At a young age, I did not enjoy poetry either because I was hindered by that same fear. However as I grew up, it began to appeal to me (after a little push from friends and writing peers) because as humans, we crave for life to be served up on a platter when things get tough, or empty, or even overwhelming. There’s a poem for basically every emotion we experience.

There are many poems that helped me eventually gain a love for poetry, but my favorites are: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, and a simple poem from a poetry book entitled “milk and honey”. Each of the poems I listed aren’t just a bunch of those mixed-up phrases that people are afraid may take hours to understand. Rather, they are poems that spoke to me right when I needed them to. A few years ago when I wanted to take up an opportunity, The Road Not Taken helped me make the brave decision. When I was quarreling with my peers and my family I let Desiderata whisper about the values that life thirsted for. When I am overwhelmed, a poem from milk and honey scribbles a raw truth everywhere I look.

We can’t pass by our lives not knowing what it is to read poetry. Like I mentioned in “less is more,” poetry is our core—just like how plants need water, humans need poetry.


“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” — Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata

 “Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less travelled by.” — Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken

Photos from ING magazine and A View from the Balcony

 

Mikaela Dizon, who is sixteen years old and an incoming student at The Beacon Academy, developed a love for words even before she hit grade school — a stuffed bag most likely means there’s a book or two hidden inside. She was a student at Write Things for a few years, and was recently a member of Facets, Assumption College’s school newspaper. Mikaela likes to write all sorts of genres, ranging from poetry to teen fiction to narrative non-fiction, and escaping to worlds unexplored (worlds of her own making, especially) is what she can be found doing in her free time.

 


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