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Poem: Plumbing the Depths

Poetry By: Mike Stevens

A poem about racking your brain for an idea

Submitted:Dec 8, 2011    Reads: 12    Comments: 7    Likes: 3   

Plumbing the Depths

Racking the corners of my concentrating mind,

for any idea worth keeping, any one that might work

Discarding something after hours of struggle,

because I've deemed the idea much too weak

I tried and tried, but in the end it didn't measure up

I start all over with another idea this time

Maybe this one will work, we soon shall see

The endless struggle to find something worthy of writing about

It puts a strain on my ability and imagination

I'll argue with myself, "Well, is it or isn't it?"

worth putting out there for others to see

Always fearing a negative reaction

After all, this is your baby; one you worked on ceaselessly

Is it ready, or does it need something more?

Is there something obvious that I missed?

After all, it's a reflection on me

There's nothing like the sinking feeling that slams

into my mind when a mistake dawns on me

By now, it's too late; it's out there, for better or worse

I read it over and over, and still there's something I'll miss


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