Poetry; beautiful, thought-provoking, humorous, but in the end pointless? I don’t think so, but then again if you have a cause like Save The Elephants, would you use poetry?
Maybe those trying already do so through advertising, but aren’t the words then called jingles? I think of the poetry of the biblical psalms or proverbs. I think of Dante‘s Inferno, Leaves of Grass, did any of these move mountains? Are they now? How about Kipling’s “If”?
We have a lot of things that need saving. How can writers help? Is poetry one of our ways?