Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Risk Failure...a Blitz Poem

OctPoWriMo Day 13. Write a blitz poem about risk.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” 
― T.S. Eliot

How far will I go?
How much will I risk?
Risk nothing?
Risk it all?
All of what?
All of my heart
Heart full of hunger
Heart full of words
Words that bare all
Words that spell thought
Thought is a drifter
Thought controls minds
Minds move the hand
Minds birth action
Action involves plan
Action desires risk
Risk requires courage
Risk inspires fear
Fear is a killer
Fear is a thief
Thief of laughter
Thief of beauty
Beauty of love
Beauty of ink
Ink drained from souls
Ink shaped in poetry
Poetry to lavish paper
Poetry to surprise people
People feel it
People need it
It is soul food
It is music
Music for all ages
Music on pages
Pages that thrill
Pages that fill
Fill us with hunger
Fill us with joy
Joy of what is
Joy of what waits
Waits to be written
Waits to be shared
Shared. There it is
Shared requires risk
Risk being wrong
Risk being read by masters
Masters that braved risk
Masters that bore failure

© Janet Martin


  1. Brilliant..You have done justice to the style :)

  2. Ah, such symbiotic dichotomy - such is the dance of life, so very well paced out!

  3. Nicely done! Indeed, poetry is soul food. :)

  4. "Poetry to lavish paper" I loved that line, although it is all beautiful. Thanks.

  5. There is so much richness here. I especially love the "music on pages" line and your closing, "risk/failure." Well done!


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