The head librarian at the residential school where I live is making a poetry poster and asked me to write a blurb about the importance of poetry. This is what I wrote:
THE IMPORTANCE OF POETRY
Poetry is the oldest form of written language that is still used today. It communicates our strongest emotions and our deepest thoughts. So many people do not read poetry because they do not understand it, but they do not understand it because they do not read it. If you don’t practice piano you won’t be able to play — the same principle applies to poetry. It can open up an entire universe if you only allow it to; it is the divine language.
That this has to be addressed is, in my opinion, a sad state of affairs. But I’m glad to help!