Were someone to suggest that you write a poem, your first reaction might be, I know nothing about poetry, or I can’t write! Yet like the adage that we should dance like no one is watching, so it goes with writing poetry. Anyone can do it, and there are numerous emotional and mental benefits to trying your hand at poem-writing. “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it,” said Gustave Flaubert, meaning we don’t need to look far to find inspiration—it’s all around us, and it doesn’t need to be lofty or profound.
So with the firm belief that each of has a poet hidden within us, here are 15 reasons why everyone should write poetry.