Why I Love Poetry

Pastor John’s talk got me thinking about my own journey with poetry. Why is it that I love poetry so much?

Piper’s definition helped me. He said that poetry is a way to capture the feelings of a moment that is different than if you wrote regular prose. And that’s how it started for me.

As a fourteen-year-old bouncing between divorced parents and beginning a new school with no (I mean, zero) friends, my pen came alive. I would write and write and write. All the time, everywhere, whenever feelings rose up. Somehow, someway, God had already taught me to write. Not to fight or scream or retreat (although I did all of those), but mainly to write. What a gift.

From there, I found myself writing at every turn. I wrote in class, I wrote on the bus, I wrote at meals, I wrote at bedtime, I wrote with a guitar on my lap, I wrote when I read something, I wrote when I listened to other people’s songs, I wrote when I sat in the car, I wrote when I was lonely or sad or angry or happy. I just wrote.

As I wrote, I learned that poetry isn’t something that you can always describe. Sometimes it’s taking confusion and making it madness and making it beautiful. Other times it’s taking something you thought you understood and blowing it up into a thousand bits. But every time it’s form wrought with image and emotion.

So I love poetry. I love poetry because God uses it in the Bible, speaks through it in the Bible, and uses other (non-inspired) writers like me to put our thoughts into verse.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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