- Not Meby Susan Louise Gabriel
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Not Me by Susan Louise Gabriel
I Am Not Perfect writing prompt entry

When I read a poem, I sometimes start to think,

“Why can’t I compose like that—pen, a dagger bleeding ink,

cutting through entangled thoughts,

making moody metaphors,

slipping in some assonance—

all before I’ve reached line four?”

Perfect words, like gemstones,

are inscribed without a thought at all,

on a par with Shakespeare’s sonnets,

nothing like my sorry scrawls.

Astute alliterations

captured in trochaic lines,

sensory sensations—

so appealing, so sublime!

I can barely rhyme two words.

Afterwards I just discard.

In my mind I hear it read by

shoppers browsing greeting cards.


Writing Prompt
Write a poem about a flaw that you see in yourself.

Author Notes
I am still a student :-)


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