I Do Not Write Poetry For Poets

By shadowsinthelight

I write for the women I love

I write for dogs in heaven above

I write for friends who don't appreciate

I write for the naked woman on the stage

But I do not write poetry for poets

I write for the couple walking down the aisle

I write for the girl who died for a life-style

I write for the passion of love and hate

I write for the traffic that made me late

But I do not write poetry for poets

I write for those who've passed away

I write for rainbows and cloudy days

I write for God, Satan and eternity

I write for the hopelessly lonely

But I do not write poetry for poets

I write for the sheer need to write

I write when I cannot sleep at night

I write mostly for myself

For everyone and everything else

But I do not write poetry for the poets

© 2000 by steve giacomini

By request of Six-Out

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Copyright 2004 shadowsinthelight
Published on Friday, September 3, 2004.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • flawofthepoet On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, flawofthepoet (57)By person wrote:

    It's like something I would have written. But, you know, you did it better.

  • Pain Relief On Friday, September 7, 2018, Pain Relief (36)By person wrote:

    Great flow and true

  • carlosjackal On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, carlosjackal (2576)By person wrote:

    Yep, this is a cracker, and you definitely didn't write it for me. Wonderful stuff.

  • A former member wrote: How true, there are countless reasons to write and countless people to share it with. But more important than all of that, is your own personal reasons for writing, if you have any at all. Outstanding write.

  • A former member wrote: My thoughts exactly!

  • A former member wrote: This poem makes me think, isn't everybody a poet, whether they write or not? I love the romance of your verse.

  • Star On Monday, August 20, 2012, Star (1185)By person wrote:

    this one here is just fuggin wow just wow, and this here reminds me of "don't fall in love with a poet" but this is defiantly going on the bookmark list...great write (:

  • Dreaming in Stanzas On Monday, August 20, 2012, Dreaming in Stanzas (331)By person wrote:

    Dude you literally have to press a next page button because there are so many comments and still no poem of the day?? Pourquoi??

  • Dreaming in Stanzas On Thursday, August 2, 2012, Dreaming in Stanzas (331)By person wrote:

    How has this never been Poem of The Day? I object.

  • Kainoa On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Kainoa (25)By person wrote:

    I like this alot, and i too am one that feels the same and can really relate to this! Thanx and great write!

  • SummerCoat On Sunday, April 8, 2012, SummerCoat (34)By person wrote:

    i like this very much! well done!

  • A former member wrote: I find poetry in many forms of which I can guess only at which poems are where when the are great your is one of them

  • theMayheM On Friday, July 15, 2011, theMayheM (96)By person wrote:

    True that! I can totally relate to it! Mostly the second last para. Couldn't agree more. Thank You! Keep writing!

  • etheriadia On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, etheriadia (11)By person wrote:

    very good write. if people understood that just because we are poets and write poetry, we don't write for poets, but rather we express and write for others, for people, or ourselvs, or simply nothing, i think that there would be less criticism and arrogance. all in all, a wonderfull, moveing and inspiering peice. :)

  • A former member wrote: how true, I feel you, I feel the same too!!! wonderfully written!!

  • Darkest_Addiction On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Darkest_Addiction (45)By person wrote:

    i beleive this is true for many people here. nice

  • Spiritus_Frumenti On Monday, March 2, 2009, Spiritus_Frumenti (343)By person wrote:

    The flow is so entrancing...it could go on forever and it will still feel perfect...-l-

  • A former member wrote: Thanks for summing up how I feel in so many words. If someone else enjoys what I write, it is merely a by-product of the telling, not the purpose of the actual story. Well said. -SP

  • fuckwit On Saturday, July 12, 2008, fuckwit (4)By person wrote:


  • A former member wrote: for if all poets wrote for poets, there would be no room left for originality

  • A former member wrote: This is very good. I feel like I've gotten an insight on myself that would've otherwise been in the shadows. Thank you.

  • A former member wrote: beautiful poem and a deeply moving piece at that. Poetry is a beautiful thing. I loved the poem ][ ][

  • wicked flesh On Monday, November 6, 2006, wicked flesh (22)By person wrote:

    Truth. I write for myself. I write for the man I love. And that is all.

  • mywristshurt On Thursday, July 20, 2006, mywristshurt (411)By person wrote:

    ... this poem title always sounded stupid to me, but im glad i finally read it.. its a real history-changing write i believe because you not only write for all of those things, but you also write for yourself.. i love the poem now that i've read it

  • A former member wrote: how absolutely perfect this is.

  • PoeticHellion On Thursday, May 25, 2006, PoeticHellion (192)By person wrote:

    Brilliant, and speaks a whole truth.

  • A former member wrote: hmmmm odd I was certain i taged this poem when it was first posted...anyways still like it though now with a second read after not having read for a while...its different than i remember

  • Mr King On Saturday, December 31, 2005, Mr King (548)By person wrote:


  • Nail Bunny On Monday, November 14, 2005, Nail Bunny (161)By person wrote:

    cool. a sweet style, interesting message, especialy right after reading "Poetry for Poets" *chuckles* I dig it.

  • A former member wrote: love this write. It just hit home.

  • A former member wrote: true

  • A former member wrote: It made me think. I write for money...but I'm a whore and a liar. Great poem about artistic motivation.

  • The_Lady_in_the_Fire On Wednesday, August 17, 2005, The_Lady_in_the_Fire (21)By person wrote:

    sorry, speechless... deeply thought provoking... made me think bout why I write. very cool.

  • ShardsofSilence On Tuesday, August 16, 2005, ShardsofSilence (226)By person wrote:

    beautifully expressed

  • A former member wrote: I write for myself to express my emotions, and just like you, I do not write for poets. Great write. ~Punk~

  • AngelicDemonMelisandre On Sunday, May 29, 2005, AngelicDemonMelisandre (27)By person wrote:

    I couldn't have said it better. I'm the same way, if somebody tells me to write such and such a poem I couldn't do it...but if it was my own choice I couldn't stop writing.

  • AniDayz On Wednesday, April 20, 2005, AniDayz (822)By person wrote:


  • Serenity On Thursday, May 26, 2005, Serenity (470)By person wrote:

    ::nods:: And that's that!

  • LovelyAssassinx On Saturday, April 16, 2005, LovelyAssassinx (153)By person wrote:

    Great write. Extremely truthful. Nice Job. ~Unlucky

  • Dei On Thursday, April 14, 2005, Dei (703)By person wrote:

    Thank you for writing this. this is probably one of the best things ive read on here. i think it deserves to be a fav!

  • October Death On Saturday, April 9, 2005, October Death (19)By person wrote:

    I loved this, even though you didn't write it for me...=)

  • Carmina Gitana On Wednesday, March 23, 2005, Carmina Gitana (158)By person wrote:

    I have no idea why I like this so much, but I do. Actually, I do know why. It reminds me of something Leonard Cohen might have written. You know what, don't ever write poetry for poets, they're (we're?) all too fucking left-brained about it.

  • BleedSilver On Tuesday, March 22, 2005, BleedSilver (299)By person wrote:

    Very wonderful. I can't describe how beautiful this is...

  • Jaded Jezzabelle On Saturday, March 5, 2005, Jaded Jezzabelle (332)By person wrote:


  • The Crimson Queen On Saturday, January 29, 2005, The Crimson Queen (928)By person wrote:

    this just kicked ass...i dont know what else to say..~AoD

  • A former member wrote: wow... this is great.

  • Kali Ma On Thursday, December 16, 2004, Kali Ma (44)By person wrote:

    This was so perfect as to be completely admired. The flow was amazing, just a work of pure genius. ~ Asheai

  • Rone4611 On Wednesday, November 10, 2004, Rone4611 (125)By person wrote:

    Excellent write. So many things to write for, it's very inspiring.

  • GothicBlack On Monday, November 8, 2004, GothicBlack (199)By person wrote:

    hmm..it's been too long since i made time to read. And always have i loved your writing - even if you wont write for poets.

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