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The Jewel - Oct. 17, 2023

there are straight lines

on the pages of my notebook

formal boundaries for the pen

of a wild child

or a serious scribe

but not this poet


similes can be sloppy

metaphors even messier

when lyrics jump around

scribbles and cross outs

waste sheets of paper

though some words

I’ll squeeze into a corner

to keep them from escaping


it’s part of a search

a shuffle and sift

of text to find it


the jeweled line

that when it’s polished

and set in place


ignites a poem

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