A Poet's Weary Journey

by Bradley Peter   Jul 16, 2010


I'm sorry I've been so crap, lately,
I guess I'm in that kind of phase,
Nothing I write seems good enough,
And I don't deserve your praise,

When I first started writing poems,
I just wanted it to sound good,
But I learnt more as I continued,
And I thought I better understood,

But alas, it had the reverse effect,
I over-analyzed and over-thought,
I wanted to be smart and clever,
And be the Rudyard Kipling sort,

So I read great poet's poems,
Mainly Kipling and Alexander Pope,
I hoped I could implement their work,
But that was such a foolish hope,

And I've tried to just write,
Like the way I did before,
But after reading and writing so much,
I need my work to be much more,

More than just sounding good,
I needed clever configurations,
I needed great rhythms and rhymes,
I needed greater complications,

Even now when I look back,
Some poems seem like wasted times,
Boring, ordinary stories,
With boring, ordinary rhymes,

And yet others I can look back on,
With pride and a smile upon my face,
Were they the best I had to offer,
Oh, I hope that's not the case.

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  • 2 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    Oh my, Brad, this is me at the moment. It is so frustrating as I have told you. I want to be better but I'm stuck. You have just captured the feeling brilliantly. Added to faves. :-)

  • 7 years ago

    by Dixiedaisy

    Well there is a poet in everyone. Some can just convey the message and feeling a little better than others. I found this poem quite unique and thought you done a good job. I will say "good" because I think you have the ability to make it so much more. We already have a Kipling, so just be you and do it to the best of your ability. I, too look back on my older poems and think yuck, but I refuse to take them down because they are a learning process from where I started to this time in my life. I believe yours will be the same and we can think we have a great poem but to look back on it and be able to see the faults and what we could have, should have dones is only a tell tale sign of the artists we have become in our journey to write poetry. Wonderful Job and I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Take Care,
    Kay