Poems crowd together,
like kids in PE class.
Popular kids first
Intelligent kids next
Then intuitive, quirky kids.
But after that?
Many sad poems
that didn’t make the team?
(compiling poetry for collections.)
Merci beaucoup! I never made the ‘team’ but am certainly not sad. I never did fit in nor wanted to be like everyone else. Sad, not a bit! Quirky, yes, but I think of that as an advantage… silly me. 😉 Léa
Well, the quirky ones have charm enough to be included.
It’s the wimpy, narrow ones that have to sit it out.
A poem needs universality to make the grade.
Shawn, I’m afraid I was too busy trying to survive to possess any charm at all. Yes, I was probably a bit wimpy but actually more preoccupied trying to be invisible. I thought it would be safer that way.
The chameleon effect?
Just read a book about that explores this idea within the context of investigating a school shooting- 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
Such poignant imagery! Makes me ache for those poems left standing on the sidelines…
Poor little poems.
Wanting so desperately to be included.
Ah but sometimes those unpopular poems will be treasured by someone who was touched by them and then it will all have been worth while.
It’s always possible! But they’ll have to find them on the blog, ’cause they won’t be in the published collections (which will make them even rarer). 😉
My fav poem so far! Loved it
Thank you, Sylvia! I’m glad you like it!
The sad poems are appreciated by the mature.
or the depressed
That’s how I used to feel about my writing/poetry! Before I decided not to care that I didn’t make the team and just write (though there are still moments when I fall into that mindset).
Ah, the dreaded internal editor!
It is such a curse!
I don’t have much difficulty with it, myself, but I run into so many students that are paralyzed by the ‘it won’t be good enough’ fears that they can’t write at all. A significant part of my job as a teacher is empowering kids’ that their voice is worth recording, that their story is worth telling. One of the most important messages is from Gail Anderson-Dargatz who says “WRITE CRAP!” because the genius is in the editing, but you can’t edit a blank page. 🙂
Good luck with your writing. Your words are worth sharing!
I really like this thought put into a poem. Good luck with your selection!
I think I may have all the pieces, but now I need to figure out the sorting…
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Shawn Bird is an author, poet, and educator in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. She is a proud member of Rotary.
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