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Desire for Originality

by John Welford 2 months ago in surreal poetry

A poem

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As searing and hot as a flame.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As cool and soothing as an ice bath.

Without the desire for originality

I could have written you a poem

As tender and unsentimental

As a kiss with a mouth full of salt.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As quiet and purple as a bruise.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As clean and precise as a scalpel.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As deep and dark as a well.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

As light as air,

As weightless as breath.

Without the desire for originality,

I could have written you a poem

Of such perfect pitch and metre,

It would sing to you.

If only you did not have that desire,

I could have written you a poem

That would be with you always.

surreal poetry

John Welford

I am a retired librarian, having spent most of my career in academic and industrial libraries.

I write on a number of subjects and also write stories as a member of the "Hinckley Scribblers".

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