National poetry day

Welcome, poetry day!

A day to scribble verses

and occasional curses

on the problems of being a poet

despite the fact that we don’t show it

when we hide our writing away

too frightened, or self-conscious to say

and share it, out loud with a shout

instead, we’d rather back out

and hide our talents in books,

in sidelong hopeful looks

at the poets now published on shelves

of shops, and envision ourselves

as the ones with our names in print

so I scribble, and demur, and dint

to sound a triumphal hoorah

I just keep things the way that they are

and most of the words that I say

will be stored upon WordPress today.

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