The Simpler Ones: A Poem

I am not very good at poetry,

I have never been able to write something

            that makes someone’s heart flutter,

I have never been able to write something

            that doesn’t belong in a gutter.

 

When I was younger, I never understood poetry… 

Why do people write it? Why do people read it?

I never really understood poetry.

 

I still don’t fully understand,

but I appreciate it more now,

especially the simpler ones

            that talk about butterflies,

especially the simpler ones

            that talk about sunflowers.

 

Not all poems have to rhyme, 

and not all poets have to shine.