The Poems I Have Not Written

Another favorite from the archives.


By johnlmalone

I am outside late at night
Writing poems
About the poems
I have not written
The ones I’ve shied away from
Because of embarrassment
Or timidity
Or fear of shedding my jovial persona
And find
Somewhat alarmingly
That the poems I have not written
Far outnumber those I have

John Malone is a South Australian writer of short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

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4 thoughts on “The Poems I Have Not Written

  1. Ah, I identify with this feeling! It’s intimidating trying to perfectly capture an idea, or when you do try, you feel like it’s not ‘poetic’ enough and you discard that attempt.


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