everyone’s a better poet

do we all
do this,
that gasp
of surprise

at those words he threads
delicate as silk
through a pen that must
flash like a needle
stitching images

& the colors
she weaves on the screen,
light breaking
through those fingertips

that poet
who sings
such clarity;
who shines
& sparks electric
& forms worlds
in words
caught on the screen
or the page

while I sit here
shuffling phrases
like a deck of tarot cards
a charlatan
pulling cards out
at random
hoping none
come out reversed
in the telling

because I am always
writing backwards
& under water

(or do I mean ink
comes so fast

I fear drowning
in it)

like everyone else
I read
to write better

& do not understand
why anyone
reads my fledgling flights
at all

when they already soar

***do we all do this?

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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35 Responses to everyone’s a better poet

  1. George Ellington says:

    I wonder…

    • I think we do. I was talking to an AMAZING poet last night/early this morning, and she brushed off her work as nothing special, no big deal. Prompted this piece.

  2. I guess, we do πŸ™‚

  3. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I think that we do.

  4. We sure do.. The writing is not in the reading, it’s in the soul. Your beautiful soul.

    • yours, too, Ken, Jeremy, George, Dawn’s Stalker (sorry don’t know your name yet), Karin, and everyone else who comments…It seems we cannot see the beauty in our own souls, but in everyone else’s.

  5. Leo says:

    There are exceptions, I’m sure, but I would think most of us have trouble judging and appreciating our own efforts; we desire affirmation or praise but when we get it we might then wonder, “what really qualifies this person to say my poem was beautiful, etc…”

  6. unfetteredbs says:

    mmm kinda scary that no one is saying nay. i am guilty as charged… crap crap

  7. davidtrudel says:

    I have my moments of self-doubt and abject humility in awe of so many others, but this is balanced by other moments of self-confidence bordering on hubris.

  8. Grace says:

    I have these moments too but I read a lot so I can get better at writing my words ~

    Happy day to you ~

  9. Ian Moone says:

    I would love to disagree but I feel my stuff is rushed hazy and never reworked, which is why I bought a book to re focus me

  10. doncarroll says:

    love this one susan. stanza with the tarot cards was my favorite. poems about the process and or in conjunction with poets themselves always appreciate:))

  11. nelle says:

    I’m not even certain the most renowned think themselves good. Octavia Butler claimed writers made through effort and persistence (paraphrasing) and I’d add a lot of self-doubt. Something pushes us to shape and hone what we create, and that is the perception ‘it can be better’.

  12. honeyhaiku says:

    I often feel like a charlatan:) But which one of us doesn’t from time to time?

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