This is a brand new tradition where I share a poem each Thursday—either one I’ve written, or one I love. Today’s poem is one I wrote in response to the fact that people so often say they hate poetry, or they’re scared of it.

It’s called All of Life Is Poetry. I hope you enjoy.


All of Life Is Poetry

All of life is poetry—seemingly
unrelated images, events
strung together like pearls in a

so close
but barely touching.

All of life is poetry—
cloudy and confusing,
a squinting at things that
do not make sense

until one day, they do.

All of life is like that—
singing and burning
and ringing
and screaming from the rooftops,

quietly in the middle of the night,
waking you, at times,
from sleep.

Secrets we keep
hidden from everyone
live in our poems—
the only place they fit.

All of life is poetry,
boring if your eyes are closed
terrifying if they are open,
and you are breathing through it.

Poetry is a gift.

All of life is poetry.
Sing, sing, sing with me.
Sing with it.

6 comments on “All Of Life Is Poetry (A Poem)

    • Thanks so much for your kind words—and for helping me find the courage to share mine. It means the world to me!

  1. Hi Ally,
    Just finished watching your interview with Claire Diaz-Ortiz on the Work by Design Summit. Your words were so encouraging and helpful. Poetry is one of those things I “used to do” when I was in school – before my inner critic got the better of me. I absolutely love this poem. It is fresh, authentic and really speaks straight to my heart.
    Thanks for everything you share in your writing and thanks for being such an encouragement for others.

    • Thank you Allison! That was such a fun interview with Claire. I adore her. And I hope you find a way to go to blows with your inner-critic and show it who’s boss. The world will be better for it. Thanks for reading and for your kind words 🙂

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