A poem about my ongoing fallow phase

A partial description of my ongoing difficulty writing new poems that I actually like…

It doesn’t sound like a poem
of literary tone and profound depth

It doesn’t sound like a memoir
revealing the truth about its subject

It doesn’t sound like a confessional
expressing innermost thoughts
daring to be spoken aloud

It sounds more like a collection
of the same words I’ve been using
to describe the same thoughts
and the same feelings
about the same things
in the same ways
the more oblique the angle the better

Like Mercury three times a year
I seem to be moving in reverse

It may take me a while
to work my way back up to direct

(27 September 2021—posted September 29th)


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