Why Poetry Is Not A Hobbyhttps://i0.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/36AE3937-57AA-4886-A4B9-1F79A08204A1.jpeg?fit=3335%2C2111&ssl=133352111Kelly BelmonteKelly Belmontehttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/b2e6398e52a1e6c8a1fa80f6b9e84ce2?s=96&d=mm&r=g
A hobby is the boy hunched over
his match and Marlboros in back
of the bleachers, trying to belong.
A hobby is a box of crayons
barely used, burnt umber still sharp,
waxy paper unpeeled. Hobbies
fill empty spaces so we can avoid
the important work of boredom.
A hobby ends up at the bottom
of a cardboard box in the attic.
Kelly Belmonte is a poet, blogger, and management consultant with expertise in nonprofit organizational development and youth mentoring. Kelly blogs from her site allninemuses.wordpress.com on poetry, writing, and creativity. Her poetry has been published in “Atlas Poetica” and “Relief Journal: A Christian Literary Expression.” Kelly’s two chapbooks of poetry, “Three Ways of Searching” and “Spare Buttons,” are available through Finishing Line Press.