Why I Wrote Unspoken Word

What is it that moves a poet to speak his truth?

Mitch Ditkoff


I wrote this book for the same reason flowers bloom. There is a force of nature within me that begs to be expressed. It’s as simple as that.

It takes many shapes, this life-giving energy. It has many moods, many moves, many moons. On a good day, I let it have its way with me, taking its hand and going where it leads, praying I don’t get in the way of what’s aching to be said.

“Poetry,” explained Leonard Cohen, “is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

And there you have it, my friends. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust — while we dance around the all-consuming fire of our lives.

My hope? That the poetry of Unspoken Word will serve you in some way — nurturing, enlivening, delighting, enchanting, inspiring, awakening, and helping you open the extraordinary gift that is your life.

If you like, think of my poetry as the hieroglyphics of my heart translated into English by the wonder and gratitude I feel by simply being alive.

Here is an excerpt from the book — one of 100 poems. Pub date: April 20, 2023

When You Walk Into a Room

When you walk into a room
all the poets feel a sudden urge to pray,
dancers want to move,
singers ache to raise their voices
for all those times
they foolishly chose silence instead.
This impulse to express,
this surging forward into form
is absolutely involuntary, tidal, primal, pure.
The poet’s fingers twitch
the dancer moves inside her shoes,
the singer breathes,
already receiving roses
from the grateful choreographer of her heart.

“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.” — Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Mitch Ditkoff

Co-Founder of Idea Champions, Face The Music & Sage Catalysts. Author of Storytelling for the Revolution, Storytelling at Work, Unspoken Word and Free the Genie