Poetry: Why Do Poets Write?

Why do poets write? 
–Richard Jones
From The Bless­ing

My wife, a psy­chi­a­trist, sleeps
through my read­ing and writ­ing in bed,
the half-whis­pered lines,
man­u­scripts piled between us,

but in the deep part of night
when her beep­er sounds
she bolts awake to return the page
of a patient afraid he’ll kill himself.

She sits in her robe in the kitchen,
lis­ten­ing to the anguished voice
on the phone. She becomes
the ves­sel that con­tains his fear,

some­one he can trust to tell
things I would tell to a poem.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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