artwork by phil burns


people ask why
I write poetry
and I say
I don’t think
I do

I just write words
in an attempt
often futile
to make sense of things
the world
my life
other people
and me

and sometimes
what I write
turns out to be
more like a poem
than a story

I can’t say
it isn’t always planned
I don’t necessarily know
what it is
when I start
or even
when I finish

so I try
not to analyse it
in case
it stops

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