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Poem 5 from my chapbook "As Glamorous as a Kidney"

By Michael ButorovichPublished 16 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024

I have no real confidence.

I watch “success” after “success”

After “success” and finally feel

As if there is hope.

Hope to succeed again.


Then there is failure.

“Failure” to say “success” can

Come through again.


Then there is the “failure”








The floor is cold.

Everything is fucked up.

Nothing is going to be right.


Yet, somehow the empty body is

Arise knowing perfection is only

A dream and all is lost.


When a tiny thing, whatever it may

Be restores the will to build.


It could be the image of a fool.

It could be a flower.

It could be waking up and finding

A way to laugh sincerely.


It could also be itself showing

Through thyself.


Forget these words.


“The fool”

“Remember the flower who grew”

“Remember what made you laugh”


“Remember what made you You

Whether you failed or succeeded”


That is all.


Filter to April 1st, 2017

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Michael Butorovich

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  • Novel Allen12 days ago

    Words written from the heart are the best. Congrats on your kudos.

  • Andrea Corwin 12 days ago

    And yes, there is it: When a tiny thing, whatever it may Be restores the will to build. Remember. Congrats on TS!!

  • Great! Well done for the TS.

  • Nice wow. I haven't read slam poetry before, but this is awesome. I will check your other writings too. Congrats on TS!

  • LASZLO SLEZAK14 days ago

    Congratulations, top story.

  • Ameer Bibi14 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉 for top story You're an unstoppable force! Your drive and ambition are incredibly commendable.

  • Anna 14 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • This has a beautiful cadence to it that draws out the rawness of the words. Great job and congrats on the Top Story!

  • Lindsay Sfara14 days ago

    Absolutely wonderful work. I loved every line of this, and such a great message in the end. Congrats on top story!

  • Cathy holmes14 days ago

    This is wonderful. Well done and congrats on the TS.

  • Gabriel Huizenga14 days ago

    I would absolutely love to hear this spoken aloud- powerful stuff! Congrats on the Top Story! :)

  • ROCK 15 days ago

    Subscribed. This feels like a good slam poetry gig to me. One can almost shout it. Please keep writing, don't think about success, just your truths.

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