Write to be read- #poem

It takes me a while

To put it all down

To reach into the soul of my being

And lay it all out on the ground;

For you to see

For you to read

For you to feel

All it takes is a few moments, I plead.

It is the voice of my heart

The breathΒ of my soul

The burning in the hearth

Of this writer’s impassioned tale.

All you need to do

Is read, nod and sigh

Perhaps hit ‘Like’

And even say a word or five.

But, you walk right on by

For you have other things to do.

You have blogs to read

Dinner to make,

Life to live

for its own sake.

I judge you not

For this role you don

For I wear the same clothes

From dusk to dawn.

As writers, we write

For writing’s own reward.

But if that writing is not read

Why then must we write at all?



32 thoughts on “Write to be read- #poem

  1. Wow???.What a wonderful thought .? Love the poem.You have written the poem from the bottom of your heart?.Brilliant poem.Keep writing Shailaja.

  2. Totally agree.. Writing is a means of expressing one’s thoughts but when what I’d written is read its a wonderful feeling! Comments on what is expressed are even more welcome πŸ™‚

  3. Wah! Wah!
    Sure a writer needs appreciation for the thoughts penned…but I think it’s more for the satisfaction of one’s self…it’s the ability to put one’s emotions in words, and lighten the heart πŸ˜‰

  4. Okay. You’ve got to slow down. You are giving us lesser mortals a complex. You write stories, meaningful posts, motivational ones. parenting ones, poems, and are an amazing person from whatever I know about you. Now stop hogging the limelight πŸ˜›

    Just kidding. Love the poem and the flow of thoughts, Shy.

  5. I loved how you expressed your thoughts in such a beautiful flow. I feel engagement is just as important as writing when it’s a creative writing piece, but for musings and rants I sometimes write just to get it out of my system. πŸ™‚

  6. While I absolutely love the comments on my writing, sometimes I do write for myself. Because, I have to write about that issue or jot that memory down. Sometimes, I write letters to people and never send them. Of course, this other writing I do is private. But, on my blog, I write to be read. But, I won’t twist my writing to be read. A lovely poem, Shy.

    1. I identify with that- writing letters to somebody that I will never send. Just get the feelings out on paper. So liberating! Indeed, I will never twist it to be read either. At least, I hope not. πŸ™‚ Thanks Rachna!

  7. Well said Shailaja :).
    I think about it sometimes, especially when writing on something close to the heart. That maybe I’m pouring out too much of myself? Would I be able to bear it being read? Being judged? Being commented upon?
    The other side of your poem :).

    1. Do you know how often I think that? Every single time I write a post or the idea for a post forms in my brain. It is not funny! But then, I take a deep breath and write. Then, it’s out there for the world to see. People will judge me anyway, so why not give them some fodder? πŸ˜‰

  8. Dad says, “Write because you want to. Read because you want to. It should not become a compulsion or a chore. It then loses its purpose.” And I believe in it. But yes, a like or a comment does bring about a wide smile on my face. A feeling of acceptance. πŸ™‚

    1. Agree on writing and reading when we want to πŸ™‚ Anything compelled loses its flavour, except when we are motivated by our own compulsion to do something. As writers, we do like our acceptance, don’t we? I don’t think that makes us self-absorbed. It just makes us human πŸ™‚

  9. I like what you said Shailaja. But I agree only in part. Writings are of all kinds. Some, we need to be read, for some we need that nod that says, “yes i know what you’re going through”, some seek a dialogue, a debate. And sometimes writing is simply for writing sake – to get it off your chest or simply to delight in the beauty of what you create.

    1. Whether that comes in the form of adultation or opposition, it is still engagement. As writers, we must leave ourselves open to all forms of feedback, for isn’t that really why we write? Yes, we write mainly to say what’s on our mind, but we do hope that someone somewhere will relate to what we say. And can I just say I love you for your honesty? This is why we are friends <3

  10. Your title brought me here, though I have been lately taking a little time off from too much blogging πŸ™‚ Write to be read? I remember writing once a sentence, more than a decade ago, which said something like this — a writer’s work is really completed when at least one reader engages with the thought the writer is presenting. Your poem now makes me think – what does ‘engage’ mean? Can it be just a nod or a sigh or a “like”? Or does it mean something more than that? Well, the fact that I am thinking about this right now perhaps means that I have “engaged” with the thought you present in your nicely written poem πŸ™‚ Right? πŸ™‚

  11. Shailaja, every time I read your poems, I am left spell bound! You write so effortlessly! Every word in this poem must strike a chord with every writer…they are the exact emotions every writer must be going through while writing/publishing his/her own work. <3

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