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Dec

by jreece1992

Why I Don’t Write Serious Poetry

I don’t write serious poetry

because I am afraid I’ll be too

sentimental.   Ted Kooser

would cringe at the sight of my verse.

 

I wear my heart on a sleeve

and speak only in clichés

because I’m far too emotional

to put anything the right way.

 

I don’t write serious poetry

because I am afraid I’ll have nothing

to say.  I am the product of white picket fences

and all advantages granted.

 

I know we’re all the center

of our own Universe, but

my Universe has a much narrower

scope than it should.

 

I don’t write serious poetry

because I’m afraid that it’ll be

terrible.  And nothing is worse

than reading bad literature.

 

I’d rather never try and never know

than take the blow to my ego

by discovering I’m not clever

enough to write a good poem.

 

I don’t write serious poetry

because I’m afraid I won’t be

original.  All I’m doing is re-hashing

ideas that others have said better before.

 

I can’t craft a metaphor

and have I mentioned my

issue with abusing

clichés?

 

I don’t write serious poetry

because I think what I write is

still prose.  I can’t rhyme

and there’s semblance of a meter.

 

My poems are sentences that

have been thought about

for an amount of time substantially

greater than I usually do.

 

I don’t write serious poetry

because this is what I end up

with.  It’s sad, but true;

this is hardly Wordsworthian.

 

But I did my best for a semester

and that’s all I could ask for.

Because even if it wasn’t serious,

everything I wrote was serious to me.

Comments

  1. Ariel on 12.06.2012

    I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s not often that writing a poem about, well, writing a poem works, but I feel that it comes through here to an extent.
    My prime complete would be the fact that I find this to be too long. You get the idea across by the fourth stanza or so, yet continue to meander on, causing the poem to shed most of its wit and repeat itself.

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