Why do you write?


The other day my wife asked me why do people write poetry. I pondered it a while and came to the following conclusion.

I write poetry because it is my verbal camera where I can share with others my interpretations and feelings on observations.

Why do you write?

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

25 responses »

  1. I once heard ‘If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” so I’ve stuck by this and wrote poems about snails and toothfairies and monsters in Scotland! It’s what I wanted to read and I couldn’t find them in the local library!

  2. In general, because it brings me peace and offers to me an understanding of the world. I write poetry because that is how my thoughts manifest. I just do. 🙂

    That is a difficult question to answer!

    • Fierce Buddhist…. Well said….

      I write today’s feelings to prevent yesterday’s perceptions from making demands on tomorrow’s spirit…. and to keep my balance in the Now….

      and, Mari…. beautiful picture of your mind/spirit, in one phrase…. powerful….

  3. I write because I can’t stand not to. If I don’t the words collect inside me creating angst and chaos. Writing gives me sanity, joy, and peace.

  4. I write because of the love that fills my heart and spirit each day! I want to try to make everyone feel the way that i feel, and move others each day to share a smile or a kind word to someone that they do not know until that moment of interaction…perfecting a beautiful change in their lives!

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