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The Divine Call to Art – Why Poetry?

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Poetry is the music of language. It soothes our frustrations. It comforts us in sadness. It is the voice of celebration and the expression of love. I write poetry for the same reason I breathe – because it is life-sustaining.

At nineteen, my brand new soldier husband was transferred to Korea. I sobbed through countless pages of soggy, badly-written poetry. It didn’t shorten his duty year, but the venting eased my loneliness.

By the time I was in my mid-thirties, I had filled multiple journals and the poetry was getting better. As a single parent of two, my pen flew, chronicling the end of a marriage, recovery and the joys of motherhood. Editors appreciated my humorous approach to single-parenting. Checks  appeared in our meager bank account.

When my grandparents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, I honored them with a  poem. When my father died, a poem brought comfort. When a second time around love blossomed, my heart overflowed with verses.

A few years ago, I retrieved the poetry journals from their hiding places and read them. My life was all there – the good, the bad and the slightly soggy – my own unique story complete with incites gained at eighteen, thirty-six, sixty and every age in between. Those poems filled my first book, titled Tapestry, published in 2016. Later that year, the stories behind the poems became a memoir, titled, Daughter of the Mountains.

So, why poetry? It is a gift we give ourselves and others that helps us live our lives.

Poetry is more than the music of language. Poetry is the language of the soul.


Where does it go, the priceless time we squander…

Where do they go, the precious children we cuddled…

Where do we go, when they have flown to lives of their own…

Where is it written that aging is graceful and serene…

Where is it hidden, the truth about living and loving and dying…

Why don’t they tell us…we create our own happily-ever-afters



Sharon Canfield Dorsey is an award-winning poet and author of five books, including

Tapestry and Daughter of the Mountains. Her poems are also included in an anthology, Captured Moments. All are available on Amazon and from High Tide Publications.

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