Why Poetry

Why Poetry

Perhaps you’ll think it strange of me
But a Poet I think I like to be
In rhyming words there is a magic
Sometimes joyous, sometimes tragic
But perhaps some day a phrase I write
Will serve some soul in desperate plight

Richard J. Dillon
Militia of the Immaculata

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Richard Dillon

I was raised in Chicago by my mother, who reared me mostly on her own; God rest her soul! In my final semester of high school, I got the wonderful opportunity to attend Loyola University on a one year scholarship that another student did not want. During my sophomore year, I withdrew from school and entered the Air Force to obtain the GI Bill. Air Force quota needs made it possible for me to study languages. I first studied Korean. Then, in later years, I got the chance to study Mandarin Chinese at Yale University. Years later, I studied French. Eventually, I returned to Loyola University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. I discovered poetry during critical times of my life, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "A Psalm of Life" left a great impression on me. My favorite poetry book is 101 Famous Poems, edited by Mr. Roy J. Cook. After my wife passed away (may she rest in peace), my son invited me to live with him. He got a management position in Peoria, and I came with him. I attended Bradley University as a Graduate Student at Large. I only audited one class a semester; my studies did not continue for very long. I joined the Peoria Poetry Club in 1998. For several years, I was constantly writing verse, but now I find that I only compose verse on rare occasions. I joined the Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.) in 2004.