Said and Done


I fear my capacity to guide

Mistake toward fulfillment


At times, I blame:

The flurry of misprint,

of crisis to unscramble;

The renewed promise

of classic self-improvement;

The flat-water buoyancy

of fresh peace.


Other times, I blame:

This devotion

to words and their construction –

How they unsay as they say –

How they commit to purpose as thought –

How they slay aim through speech –

How they make me prove and reprove this power –


This lack.


My poem “Said and Done” was published on the home page of the dynamic poetry community “VerseWrights” today.  This is always great news as this site publishes carefully curated pieces selected by Carl Sharpe, the community’s creator and organizer.

The poem is printed in full above and, of course, on the “VerseWrights” site.

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