In defence of the Instapoet

This is not how you write

You must learn the right

Way to write poetry

You must get a diploma or degree

You have no qualification

For critical appreciation

Of poetry, it is a form of art

Just because you write from your heart

Does not mean your writing qualifies

As a poem, do not be surprised

If rejections are all you see

When you try to publish your “poetry”


Are you a believer in new trends?

Do you post on instagram and pretend

That you are a poet with a following substantial

As an “instapoet”, you start believing in your potential

With no understanding of meter or rhyme

You are just wasting your time


There are those who have made it their vocation

To read, write, critique poetry, to their consternation

An elevated art form you mutilate

Your writing skills you overestimate

By calling yourself a “poet” arbitrarily

The literati in their ivory towers are uneasy…


I don’t understand rhyme or meter

(And what is an iambic pentameter?)

I just write things that come to mind

Thoughts and emotions that I find

Difficult to articulate are easier to express

In a poetic format, I do confess

I am not a poet, but I want to reach out

To the world through writing, and without doubt

Social media platform is the way to go

Diverse voices and opinions the world needs to know

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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