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I worry constantly that I’m getting nothing done.

I fold the laundry, take the dog on walks.

What I want to do is read, or have some fun.

My husband doesn’t listen when I talk.

 

I fold the laundry, take the dog on walks.

I should be writing novels, thinking thoughts.

My husband doesn’t listen when I talk,

When I complain about the shoulds and oughts.

 

I should be writing novels, thinking thoughts.

I drink coffee, daydream, talk to rocks

who listen to my complaints of shoulds and oughts.

I fret about my writing. Go on walks.

 

I drink coffee, daydream, talk to rocks,

but I just want to read, or have some fun.

I fret about my writing while I walk.

I worry constantly. I’m getting nothing done.

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I failed a drug test at my job. I

let down my dad. I started to use

drugs. I hated life, I hated my

father. I had nothing to lose.

I didn’t get into art school. I never

finished anything. I used him

as an excuse. No one better.

I let down my guard, the first sin.

He hurt me, and I used drugs

and crashed. I let him down.

I finished the bottle in three slugs;

I drank and drank, gained fifty pounds.

My father died and

I let him down.

(Poem inspired by an assignment I gave in class for students to write about their failures)

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