Why I Write

lioness with cub

I write
When I am unaccompanied
When I feel weak
When I have been offended
I write

When I feel hurt
Tired of life
I write

When I feel scorn
Can’t find a shoulder to cry on
When I can’t find any support
Or feel lonely
I write

When I can’t achieve my goals
When I can’t open the door to success
When I get scared
When I can’t find the light

I write

When I hear the stories of my sisters
I hear they’ve died
Married too young
When I hear the cries of children in the street
When I know something is wrong
And I can’t help
I write

I write of my pain, my broken heart
My goals and my feelings
I write and I write
Writing is my medicine

A friend to share my wounds and joy
A shoulder for crying
A way to calm myself
A new world where despondency turns to serenity

If I don’t write
I will become a star that can’t shine
A fish out of water
A hungry lion
A cheetah unable to run
I will lose my strength
And the stunning world that I create for myself in my writing

If I fail to tell my stories of struggle
I will lose myself

By Hila G.


  1. Elizabeth Titus says:

    Dearest Hila,
    It was my great pleasure to work as your mentor on this amazing poem!
    It is one of the best reasons for writing — so you don’t lose yourself.
    I look forward to reading more of your work.
    Best wishes,

  2. Lisanne Powers says:

    Dear Hila,

    Stunning! I love your poem. It ‘s beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  3. The best poem i have ever read. Thank you.

  4. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes! May you keep on writing, too!

  5. Farahnaz Roman says:

    wow so beautiful honey !!! i am pround of u may u reach to whatever u want love u :*

  6. Lovely poem filled with pain and hope. Thank you Hila.

  7. Hila, what a piece of truth this is!! You come to a strong & powerful conclusion!

  8. Dear Hila,
    Beautiful poem!
    You are an incredible young lady.
    Keep on writing and empowering others.
    Best wishes,

  9. Hila, I very much enjoyed your poem about writing. I think it reveals a universal longing women share about the written word. I blogged about this at http://navigatingoceans.com/?p=294 All the best to you–and keep writing!


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