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Why Do I Write?

I was born in an era when Shakespeare,
Shelley and Wordsworth were kings.
Reading them was like hearing
beautiful music and after all these years
…it still is.

I fell in love with Emily Dickenson
and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam…
What wonderful words of wisdom
they imparted!

I write, because it allows me
to express myself...
My thoughts, my compassion,
my soul... much as my singing
has done all my life.
Now that that part of my life
is waning, I can still be a “diva”
in my own eyes!

I write because my heart tells me to
in the wee hours of the morning
when sleep eludes me.
I write because these thoughts and words
which are choking me...screaming to be free…
must be released.

I write for those who mourn,
or who suffer illness, to console them
and say I understand.

I write for the lonely,
for those who have no hope...
whose stories tug at my heart.
Since I can't hold them close to me,
I try through my poems to convince
them there is hope and tomorrow
will be better.

I write to be show I am still relevant
and have viable thoughts and
opinions to share with the world.
Experience is still the best teacher.

I write to protest injustice wherever I find it.
To be silent would be cowardly.

I write humorously about inconsequential,
everyday situations, to bring a laugh
or two into our lives.

I wrote my memoirs for
my grandchild, to preserve the past
for future generations.

I wrote poetry to release
grief and sorrow when death came to call,
to help me find peace and acceptance.

I write my religious poetry…
not to flaunt my religion…
but to praise God and thank him
for his sacrifice for me,
and for the peace is presence
brings to me.

I also ask his blessings
for my friends and loved ones
and for the heavy in heart
so that they might find peace
and deliverance from the evils
of this world.

I do not expect my work to be published…
I have no illusions about my talent…

I write for everyman...
most of whom would shy away
from the literary world
and consider it elitist
in the extreme... but when
tragedy befalls them,
they take comfort in simple
words of encouragement
and consolation.

But most of all, I write for the sheer joy of it
and because my soul requires it!

Copyright©2008 Beatrice Boyle
(All rights reserved)

Grandma Bea

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The following comments are for "Why Do I Write"
by Beatrice Boyle

you write!
and we are so glad you do! nice bea ;-)

( Posted by: cmsmuse [Member] On: November 12, 2011 )

What I read in what you write is that you are a sincere passionate person who has embraced what's right with the world without being oblivious to what's wrong. Why I read you is because you write. Without your writing how would I know and respect you? Just as those who are IGNORANT & STUPID reveal their true character in their words you show the world who and what you love.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: November 13, 2011 )

I agree
with Tina
and Penelope

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: November 13, 2011 )

Why We Write
Thanks guys...I'm sure you all feel about writing as I do...except you do it so much better!

Thanks for look'in in.

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 13, 2011 )

still relevant
You write because if you didn't I'd have one less reason to visit this site. You write because you have lived a life worth writing about. You write because you have an innate ability to get on paper what others are blind to. You write because it is proof that you exist and will exist beyond your words.

You write because you're beautiful - even though I've never seen your face!

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: November 21, 2011 )

Dear Francisco!
Oh, old friend, what a lovely thing to say...Much appreciated at this stage of my life!

Friends...especially virtual ones, are treasured all the more because they only see the heart of you...and not the superficial trappings of real life.

I treasure all my close friends on Lit for being so loyal and loving...and who also give me a reality check when I screw up!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 21, 2011 )

I love this. It's very cool to see each person's motivations since we are all so different. Thank you for sharing :)

( Posted by: serenastargazr [Member] On: March 19, 2012 )

Voice of experience and faith
William couldn't get his sonnets published today
Emily would be turned down even by women's magazines.
Comparisons don't matter, however, when you speak from the heart as you do. I delight in your poems, even when I may not agree with them entirely. I may not comment always, but I always check them out. They are real and I think that is increasingly important in the world as it's changing. You provide a balance to the cynical (most of the rest of us), and we know your soul and love you for it. You are relevant, talented and appreciated. Praise God for you!

( Posted by: Poeteye [Member] On: March 20, 2012 )

A Virtual Hug!
Thank you both for your kind words...I had almost forgotten this one!

Stephanie...We all have different reasons for wanting to write...however...I'm sure it all comes down to the simple fact that...we Have to!! dear friend...I wish you were around for my children did not inherit either of my talents, musical or literary.

When my oldest son read this, he commented that
"Well...we couldn't top this for an obituary" and printed it out for future reference~ LOL

Sorry if you have to wait years for publication, as I don't intent to leave for quite a while...but thanks for the tribute my friends...including Tina, Pen, Bobby L, and Francisco...a virtual hug for all of you!



( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2012 )


For a Poet

This life was written in verse
now here I am smitten by death

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: March 21, 2012 )

Very apt indeed!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 22, 2012 )

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