I am not going to expound on the reasons for poetry
Though there are many

It brings joy to the poet and the reader
As well as other emotions / and the occasional thought

It is inherent in humanity / fundamental
As is storytelling, painting, singing, and dancing

But I am not going to justify it to you
You will just argue / there are more important things

And if I try to explain it to you
Then the mystery of it / the experience / is lost

This is not just my opinion
It is shared by countless others

I am not forming an argument
This is not an essay to persuade

I just ask that you read
And be open / and consider

/ / /

This poem was written to the day seventeen prompt at Poetic Asides to write a reason poem.

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