The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Poetry Understands' by Vautaw

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Poetry Understands' by Vautaw, a deceptively simple rhyming piece that praises poetry for its ability to understand our 'broken hearts', our 'rainy days' and 'lonely nights'. Here we have poetry as a constant, something to look for when we feel low, when we need it most. We see how poetry can be used as a mirror, to look at ourselves, or to help answer life's great questions.


Below, Vautaw answers our Q&A;


How long have you been writing?
A lifetime... 40 years!  


Do you go to any open-mic nights?
Rarely, but I love to listen to others recite poetry and I enjoy reciting poetry, which is another reason I love WOL - the option to upload audio with your poem! 

What’s your favourite poet/poem?
I find it nearly impossible to give a singular answer to this question. It's like asking which family member I like best. I'm a big Bronte fan, so I have to include Emily. I enjoy reading poems about love and relationships as it has been the most baffling experience of this life. 

I love poems that empower and enlighten us such as Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, If by Rudyard Kipling, and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. I also favor current poets that keep poetry alive and inspire the next generation like Atticus, Michael Reid, Rupi Kaur, and many of the poets on WOL (check out my WOL Favourite Profiles). 

If I had to choose only one poem to share with the world, I think it would be, Success by Berton Braley. That masterpiece has motivated me many times to keep writing and pursuing my dreams when I would rather stay in bed with the covers over my head.     

You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
Reading and writing without interruptions sounds like heaven to me! 



Poetry Understands

by Vautaw


Poetry understands
walking dead,
monsters under the bed,
voices in your head.

Poetry understands
wounded souls,
storms, walls, 
severed rainbows.

Poetry understands
broken hearts,
rainy days, lonely nights,
moon light.

Poetry understands
star-crossed love,
hopeless romances,
second chances.

Poetry understands
twin flames
guilt, shame,
the blame game.

Poetry understands
weathered faces,
sad songs,
dark places.

Poetry understands
the mirror,
unanswered calls,
stumbles, falls.

Poetry understands 
it all.


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Sun 28th Apr 2019 18:07

Hey Vautaw

Just read this. Very effective and a great read.
Congratulations on POTW!


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Sat 27th Apr 2019 14:31

Thank you so much my beautiful poetry pals. I love Write Out Loud and the opportunity to share our souls with each other. Write on! ~V

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Becky Who

Fri 26th Apr 2019 18:26

So true. Congratulations!

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 26th Apr 2019 12:13

Congratulations, Vautaw


Fri 26th Apr 2019 07:13

Congratulations Vautaw, a lovely poem. Much deserved.

All the best des

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Fri 26th Apr 2019 00:08

Congratulations! A truly wonderful poem!

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jennifer Malden

Wed 24th Apr 2019 15:15

Congratulations! Agree about saying so much with very simple words. Well deserved POTW.


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John Marks

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 20:29

Poetry understands
the mirror,
unanswered calls,
stumbles, falls.

Tour de force: the more animated the verse, the greater the impact.



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Tue 23rd Apr 2019 17:33

A drip feed of wisdom and understanding of how poetry can encompass so much of life Vautaw. Common ground for us all who attempt this crazy art and recognize simple truths when we see them. Congratulations for a top slot!


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trevor homer

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 12:52

Indeed it does; indeed it does. Nice one, Trevor

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Martin Elder

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 08:16

As you have clearly stated poetry serves so many different people in some many different ways and that is the beauty and the nature of this art form.
wonderfully said and congratulations for POTW

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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 18:06

Great poem and great choice for PoTW.

Poetry is always there for us no matter what trying places we might find ourselves traveling though.

Thanks for sharing. Tx

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Mon 22nd Apr 2019 16:03

Congratulations - so well deserved.


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john short

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 13:21

Hello Vautaw,

I think you've nailed it with this excellent poem. Yes, in other words poetry comprises all experience and can be about anything. But I love the way you say so much with the fewest of words. And I think we can all connect here.

Best wishes, John Short.

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keith jeffries

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 08:16


Congratulations indeed. Very well deserved. A truly excellent poem.


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