“I have been gardening for ten years, and I’ve always done whatever I wanted. Now that I’m moving into a new home community, I’m worried that HOA rules about what can be planted and what can’t are going to stifle my gardening creativity. Will I still enjoy gardening?” -Brianna J.
Let’s talk about poetry for a minute. Like gardening, poetry is a creative endeavor. When Giacomo da Lentini originated the sonnet, he introduced all kinds of rules. The sonnet must have 14 lines. There is a strict rhyme scheme. The structure is immovable. Did poets everywhere throw up their hands and refuse to participate? They did not. The challenge of writing a good sonnet attracted creatives of all kinds, even Michelangelo.