Poetry: The Talent Default

Mary L. Holden
1 min readOct 14, 2023

If you have no discernible talents, write a poem, thank “The Golden Bachelor,” and use the Bible for goodness, truth, and beauty.

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Looking for love is always a talent show and this week’s episode of “The Golden Bachelor” proved it. Contestant Joan was worried about the competition and claimed she had no talents — so she defaulted to poetry.

Do you poets see the value in what she did?

Poetry is like unconditional love. It gives everyone talent. Now come with me to the Bible as I corrupt it, 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (NIV), for even more proof:

4 Poetry is patient, poetry is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Poetry does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Poetry never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

In a world fraught with war, inhumanity, and lack of talent, POETRY SAVES!



Mary L. Holden

A constantly evaporating editor and writer. Believer in medium since 2013 when they made me wait for an invitation….