Ode to Unfinished Poetry
I search for seeds of inspiration
in pages covered with gashes bleeding
crossed-out sentences and words frantically scrawled
onto waiting lines before they could vanish into the bottomless pockets of my psyche
only to unearth poems decapitated
by a barren pen, silenced
before they could reach their fortissimo,
their endings long forgotten,
cast away by a careless wind.
Perhaps these poems are not condemned to blank decay but roaming
some foreign universe, searching
for purpose, destiny
just as we journey through our own lives with torch
in hand, hoping to find
our fulfillment hidden
in worn nuggets of traded wisdom, the flowering
fruit of our courage.
We are unfinished poetry, our endings
scrambled in a cyclone of conflicting dreams,
our tomorrows shrouded by an enigmatic haze.
The wonder of our lives is the fog that awaits
us, our present moments and the thrill
we may discover in our next unwritten
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Very nice, Katrina! I especially like the firm declarative statements in the last stanza like “We are unfinished poetry.”
Thank you! I thought it would be a nice farewell to Lexpomo.
What a great subject for an ode. “We are unfinished poetry, our endings scrambled in a cyclone of conflicting dreams,” Yes, a million times yes.
Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading your incredible poetry this month!
This may be one of my absolute favorite poems of this summer–I so readily identify with so many moments you highlight and the way one thing tumbles out after another, and then another. I love the way you begin with ” pages covered with gashes bleeding crossed-out sentences and words frantically scrawled onto waiting lines before they could vanish into the bottomless pockets of my psyche” and then you move on and move into the turmoil and the thrill of it all! A great poem–Thank you!
Thank you very much! I’m honored to think such a talented poet as yourself would enjoy my work so much. Thanks for all the wonderful comments and poetry this month!
I adore “the flowering/fruit of our courage” and “We are unfinished poetry”, just as I’ve adored reading all your work this month. Your poems are wonderful, and I’m happy you joined the LexPoMo community. I hope you keep writing and creating.💙
Thank you so much, this makes my morning! I loved every minute of this Lexpomo adventure. I wish the same to you, and I look forward to reading your work again!💙
I love the parallel between unfinished poems and unfinished life journeys.
Thank you, Gaby, and thanks for reading and commenting on my poems all through this month!😄