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Ugly Poetry

Ugly Poetry

 

Today words are ugly

and poems that use

pretty words

disgust me

 

Trying for some transcendent

place by being

witty

and spewing the “ripples on the pond”

banality

 

Why not a poem filled

with ugly words?

dust or cancer or

clutter or

decay?

 

Even these are too

pretty

and it’s not enough

to just be angry

or hurt or

betrayed—

 

Words don’t always

have to inspire

or lift up

 

Poems don’t always

have to lilt

 

I want this one

to fall

flat

and get hurt

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When It’s Been A Year Since My Last Post…

I’m still writing about historical subjects, but blogging about them has taken a back seat to…life.  

This isn’t an excuse, just a fact that is inescapable.

I made a self-promise that I would be more disciplined, and write monthly to get back in the game.

Yet I’m not ready to put history to paper today.  Instead, I wrote a non-history something.  And rather than put it somewhere else (like the depths of my recycle bin) I’m publishing it on my blog.

A poem if you will (or won’t).  A loose consciousness of the will to write.

On writing after the absence of one year:

Being in a delusional amount of pain

The distance of thought and the wanting it to be so good

Streams of tension in my neck cry out for relief

The bang of the shutter so infrequent that I forget it will bang

It is quiet but there are sounds all around me

I am alone but not lonely

The ball of fuzz in the back of my mind

The weight of the task on each eyelid

Indecision numbs my legs

Constrictions in my chest are more the bra than fear

But the fear is there

Conscious of my task now I’m pushing it to be good

Trying to be witty

Wanting it to be good

This is what I hate

And what I love about writing
Love it or don’t.  I wrote.

🙂 Amy

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