Poem a Day – Day 9 – Write on!


Would Shakespeare have imagined
By CJ Schwartz

Would Shakespeare have imagined
his sonnets would still be read today?
Would Whitman have dreamed
his words would still hold sway?

Would Poe, Byron, or Auden
have thought it at all strange
that his words could still move us
though our world has changed?

“But I’m not Keats or Shelley”,
you might be inclined to say,
but you cannot imagine where
your words could live one day.


Today’s prompt mentioned what we may say to someone who wanted to quit writing poetry.

I will admit I struggled at first. The first day I was excited I had signed up for OctPoWriMo. “Oh, yeah, I can do this,” I thought.

The next day I seriously thought about throwing in the towel. Was anyone reading that would care if I quit?

Ultimately it came down not to what others would think, but how I would feel if I quit. Which would be…not good.

Today’s poem is encouragement that I could have given myself that day.

So, what would I say to someone struggling? I say, “Write On!” 🙂