Writing poetry always tended to vex me. My desire was to write fiction, science fiction at that, and all that flowed from my pen were poems. Then I discovered some of the poems were damn good. After a few decades, I decided I should put them out there for the world to consume. Then I began winning awards and getting attention for my writing and I liked it.
Now, I’m less inclined to toss my poetry off as something I write on a whim. I actually purpose to write poetry and I even promote my work in this area. The desire to write fiction remains, but now the two genres get along in my heart and mind.