If I’m honest,
my mind’s willed out more than a few
bad narratives, poems, ideas,
my hands’ve written down more than a few
bad descriptions, sentences, turns of phrase.

If I’m honest,
I’ve stared at more than a few
of those bad works and pieces
with the wish to forget, erase them,
with solemn exasperation, regret.

If I’m honest,
more than a few
of the bad have helped me
through confusion, exhaustion, sorrow,
comprehend what could work better.

If I’m honest,
how could I lament
any word when every word
has freed me to pen the next?