Why I Hate Poetry

I’m tired. I’m tired of hiding who I am behind incoherent words of poetry.  I am tired of people only ever appreciating a paragraph of true, heartwrenching emotions if it comes in a pretty, dainty, sugarcoated package of conveniently placed adjectives.

I did it again. It’s been engrained into my fingers because I’ve taught myself that people will only listen if what I have to say is pretty and unharsh to the ears, or otherwise it is lost in space. Bluntness is under-appreciated and therefore scorned as a boring essay.

Well I say, screw it.

I could write a paragraph about the intricate eccentricities of my puny, unimportant life. In fact, I did. I actually just wrote a couple paragraphs of unabashed truth about myself. I was the freaking gospel.

But I erased it. Cause the pure, blunt honesty of it all made me uncomfortable.

Then again, maybe that’s the reason why we like to write pretty words, why we can’t escape it. We are hiding behind the sheer lace curtain of poetry.

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3 thoughts on “Why I Hate Poetry

  1. I use my poetry as a way to speak how I’m feeling, a way to convey my thoughts to people who otherwise wouldn’t ever listen. I’m not saying that some people don’t half-commit to their poetry, I’m not saying that I don’t sometimes. I actually just posted one I didn’t commit much to at all. However, there are some that I have really dug deep and poured my soul out onto the paper, screen, what have you.
    You can be blunt in poetry, I have been plenty of times. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It should allow you the freedom to say what you need, how you need, and when you need without having to place your words a certain way in order to please the grammar gods. It’s about you, no more, no less.

    1. “It’s about you, no more, no less” beautifully put, man.
      I agree, of course, poetry is a way of expression. Beautiful words are a way of resonating your feelings with both you and your audience. I think what I mean to say is that poetry has ALSO become a mask, or a shield, if you will. Humans are romantic creatures. Sometimes we get a bit carried away.

      1. Humans are also superficial creatures. Valuing the appearance over the worth. I see a lot of poetry on here that isn’t written for any meaning, and I think that is what is tearing poetry apart. People will just string together words that rhyme and call it poetry.
        I know what you’re saying, and I agree in some circumstances. I’m just saying that poetry doesn’t have to be pretty. It just needs to be felt.

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