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a celebration of the discard pile

By Matthew FrommPublished 7 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

The waning moon’s rise.

I lay empty and broken.

Another failure.


The waning moon’s new sun rises.

I lay empty and broken,

Another yelling, "Failures!"


The new sun rises.

Laying empty and I'm broke, empty but standing,

yelling, "Failures!" "I'm done now."


The new sun's rises bright light.

broken, empty but I stand above blank pages,

yelling, "I'm done now" "Should I jump?"


The new sun's shines bright light

I stand above blank over new pages,

yelling, "Should I jump?" "what've I done?"


The new sun shines bright.

I Stand over new wonders,

yelling, "I’ve done it"



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Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

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  • Christy Munson25 days ago

    Love the edits! Powerful means to express trying, failing, and carrying on

  • Great take on the subject and glad you made it and entered it in the challenge

  • ThatWriterWoman6 months ago

    This is so clever. Seeing the piece evolve, especially with the connotation with the meaning poem - Brilliant work!

  • Amanda Starks7 months ago

    Awww, I love this!! I was trying to figure out why things were crossed out until I realized you were LITERALLY drafting over the "failures" before. This was genius!

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    Love how this progressed. Great job.

  • Arbab7 months ago

    powerful words. You intellect of coping up failure with the right choice of words is amazing

  • Love this formatting! 🙏🤍🕊️✨

  • Whoaaaa! I absolutely love this format! From dark and depressed to bright and new! I love the transition from one stanza to another, the cancelled out words and the addition of new ones. It was a whole satisfying journey! Thank you so much for taking us on it!

  • Thavien Yliaster7 months ago

    Yep, this is the thought process. Eventually it all comes together regardless how many times a page is wrapped, erasers are rubbed down to the metal nub, and no matter how many pencils break their graphite. All is a process. Trust in the process.

  • This is really good Matthew. Did you come up with this idea?

  • Mackenzie Davis7 months ago

    Wow! This is so cool, super creative, and FUN to read! And incredibly inspiring, to boot. Great one, Matthew; loving the positivity here.

  • Mohammed Darasi7 months ago

    That was a great poem! I love the progression and how you showed it with the formatting

  • Donna Renee7 months ago

    Love the visual here!!🤯❤️

  • Stephanie Hoogstad7 months ago

    I love how you show the process of transforming a piece from one draft to another and make that into a poem about turning failures into triumphs. It really puts everything into perspective. Well done.

  • Margaret Brennan7 months ago

    WOW! Just wow! this is so awesome.

  • Lamar Wiggins7 months ago

    Excellent!!! So many trips to the drawing board in search of the right approach, the right words or at least the right ones for now. Well done!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh7 months ago

    Brilliant concept piece, skillfully worked. We surely feel the exaltation of that last line!

  • Hannah Moore7 months ago

    This is bloody brilliant, I love it. Print out and stick on the wall material.

  • Rob Angeli7 months ago

    Processing from "failure" to success. I know what you mean!

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    A brilliant evolution. Well done, Matthew!

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