...on their knees. They use it to write through a tragedy or depression. It helps them. Many people stay with it, even if they didn't write before.
Poetry is cleansing because you whittle down feelings to the essence. If every word in a short story is gold, words in poetry are platinum. And, while you may feel something after you read a novel, poetry is supposed to do it with urgency; it is a stealth team with wrecking balls.
I didn't come to poetry sad. I found it early in life when I was exploring everything. It was wonderful and I was joyous. I love the freedom of some poetry and the lassoing constriction of forms which stretch you. It is my favorite thing to write.
I have written sad before. But I also write during every phase. Great poetry is penned through all emotions and times. Keeping poetry in the closet of depression is doing it a disservice.
When are you inspired to write poetry? If you don't write poetry, why not?