Why Write? (Sonnet)

I write so I can hold it in my hand,
This life, this geode full of glinting light,
Where every surface twinks and strobes and shines
As varied as creation and as bright.
My memory’s too weak to hold them all;
These moments shine like stars I’d hate to lose.
That rain-dark tree, those auburn eyes, the snow–
If left to aging mind would get confused.
The scream of hunting hawks, the songs of wrens,
The purple climbing vine, the scarlet flower,
The loving touch that eases every pain–
All these will fade fast once they’ve had their hour.
Write all of these, then, and when writing’s done,
In darkest Winter, we will feel the sun.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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8 Responses to Why Write? (Sonnet)

  1. Absolutely love this! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  2. theweavr says:

    “I write so I can hold it in my hand,
    This life, this geode full of glinting light”

    You have justified the meaning of life! Really, this is one of the greatest poems I have ever read. You have used metaphors, brilliantly, the purple climbing vine and the songs of wrens, Wonderful! Keep it up!

  3. This is absolutely beautiful. It actually inspired me to write a little more

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