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The Struggles of Writing a Poem

February 8, 2018
By Jojophine1218 BRONZE, Modesto, California
Jojophine1218 BRONZE, Modesto, California
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Imagine you’re trying to walk on quicksand
or trying to get a whale to live on land.
Imagine a right handed person becoming a lefty

or a baby trying to carry a bottle that’s hefty. 

Now imagine writing a poem.
It’s a lot harder than all that.

Try flying
or not breathing and not dying.
Try eating just one potato chip
or convincing a pirate to give up his ship.

Now try writing a poem.
It’s a lot less possible than all that.

You might think that finding love takes time
or that making someone wait for dinosaurs to come back is a crime.

You might think that building the pyramids in Egypt took forever
or that you’ll never convince someone to count one thousand days, ever.

Now take the time to write a poem.
They’ll be happy to wait for all that.

The author's comments:

This piece was inspired by the ars poetica type of poetry. I take a creative writing class at school, and this is what we are learning about right now. I love poetry, but always struggle writing it. So therefore I wrote a poem about how hard it is to write a poem.

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