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Poem--'Out Of my Zone"

Poetry By: Mike Stevens

As I debate going 'serious'

Submitted:Oct 28, 2011    Reads: 39    Comments: 10    Likes: 3   

Out of My Zone

As I sit here trying something new,

As I stare at the blank screen, I'm wondering, what do I do

now that I've decided on serious over comedy?

It feels so strange, a most uncomfortable feeling, see,

I'm much more comfortable treating everything as a joke

But now that I'm self-analyzing, I feel the weight of the yolk,

the yolk of expectations that I've got something

worthwhile to say; that others can relate to, something to bring

a little clarity, a little sense that "This guy understands,"

that words of wisdom come from my typing hands

See, I'm out of my comfort zone, hope I'm not over my head

Hopefully, the ring of truth will come from the things I've said

I don't want my words to sound too self-important

That's why I shied away from this, that's why I went

totally in the other direction; stayed away from the pain,

that's why in my old writings, I did refrain

from serious subjects, I purposely keep things light

But now I'm exploring things that keep me awake at night

As I explore my darker thoughts, some that I don't want to face,

welcome to my dark side, welcome to my space


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