What Inspires Your Poetry

Award-winning poet shares secret to writing inspiration

2 min readDec 28, 2020

Photo credit:: Kathy Chaffin Gerstorff

I have written hundreds of poems since I first discovered the healing power of poetry in high school. Many have gone on to win awards in poetry competitions and published in so many anthologies I have lost track.

I am often asked where I get my inspiration to write poetry. “It’s a secret,” I reply. Well, today, I’m sharing my secret with you!

Here is the “secret”…

Inspiration comes from everywhere!

Happy memories, sad moments, heartbreak, physical, mental, spiritual pain, love, longing, loneliness, other poems, music, movies, books, photos, paintings, eavesdropping, social media, the news, nature…

You never know when the muse will show up: while you’re driving 70 mph down the freeway, during a conversation, at work, church, right before you fall asleep…

The poem I wrote yesterday was inspired by a song I found when I was looking up another song for my last article about the story behind the lead singer of MercyMe.

Congratulations for reading further because you are about to discover a deeper “secret”… Secret within a secret. Yeah, that’s how we poets roll.

The more I write, the more I am inspired.

This is great news for our muse! No more sitting around waiting for inspiration. Writing summons the muse. I think fresh air also fits in there somewhere. While it’s important to write, it’s equally important to get out and live a little so you have a lot more to write about.

I hope everything also inspires the poet in you. The big “secret” makes for exciting adventures and impactful stories in this wild ride called life.

Below is the poem I wrote yesterday, inspired by the song Say I Won’t by MercyMe:

Resilient Soul


Poet, indie author, and creative entrepreneur who writes about holistic health, personal development, life, books, movies, music... writerkat.com