I used to think poems had to rhyme to be poems, but that's not the case at all! To me, poetry is using words to draw a picture in the reader's mind. It's putting words together to transport the reader to another time and place. It's the art of saying a lot without using a lot of words or taking up a lot of space. It's the spirit, or soul, of mankind reaching out to others through well placed words or phrases.
Poetry either inspires us or depresses us! It can lift us up on the highest pinnacle of the highest mountaintop, or it can dash us to pieces on the rocks! Even Biblical characters wrote in poetry, as we find in Psalms and Proverbs. Anybody, anywhere, anytime can read, enjoy, and write poetry.