Why should you participate in the #verse love celebration?

Monica Schwafaty

ONE- Because even though your self-doubt makes you hesitate,
later you’ll be glad you did it.

TWO- Because you can. Because you want to. Because you love poetry.
Because you NEED it.

THREE- Because as you share your writing, a loving and supportive group gently embraces you. Their comments help you gain the confidence you so desperately need. These fellow writers/poets make you feel safe enough to take risks. You finally let go of your fears.

FOUR- Because it gives you a purpose. You look forward to it every day, and it helps make the mundane daily tasks a little less boring. You cannot go to bed without writing your poem. No matter how tired you are. It becomes a daily ritual. It allows you to stop and breathe.

FIVE- Because it helps you see the world anew. It connects you to your own and everybody else’s humanity. It reconnects you to the writer you left behind decades ago.

SIX- Because the poems become a source of comfort and normalcy in a time when absolutely nothing is normal. It becomes a much-needed outlet, a haven you didn’t even know you needed.

SEVEN- Because it gives you an opportunity to look back. You share memories, revisit events, and realize things about yourself you did not even know or had forgotten. You share some of the poems with your loved ones and you bond even more.

EIGHT- Because as you share the experiences that have defined who you are, you find your voice.


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Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems Copyright © 2021 by Monica Schwafaty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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