Wednesday, May 27, 2015

comparing, and feeling lesser

impressed by others

I ask: 
“Who feels that others write even better than you?”
“Who heard others’ poems and thought they were better than yours?”

Who felt:
“I wish I could write like that!”

and nearly all of us raised our hands,

everybody else cannot be better than everyone,
though others can impress you 
with insight, wording, 
a capturing of an elusive thought, feeling,
that each of us has sought to hold in words,

virtuosity is not a jealous god
but one who can visit and be with us all.

by Henry H. Walker
May 18, ‘15

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