Writing a poem is like a sword fight
You must think first before you move
You are trying to figure out if you still have what it takes,
to leave your soul in every word.
To paint the perfect picture with a shortage of supplies
Nothing but black ink, a blank canvas,
Your lackluster attention span,
And an imagination that has gone
Far more than it has come in the last few months
The only other witness is a blinking vertical line
Staring back at you like a chess opponent
Peering into your insecurities, making you second guess your next move.
Just as your imposter syndrome begins to peak…
“Are you sure you want to delete that?”
Your blinking opponent asks.
You’re reminded of the term “poker face”
You fix your face as to not look completely confused
And straighten your posture
“You must think first before you move”
As you inhale and exhale
You begin to expelle
The self doubt and judgment clouding your thoughts
You’ll be reminded of the idea that made you brave enough to take a seat in front of that mocking vertical line, in the first place.
You’ll remember that you need to write
You might not be some kind of god sent prophet,
But the stories that live in your mind have yet to be written
You’ll remember that you have a voice
Itching to be heard,
Clawing at the back of your throat to be exposed.
Your voice is immensely strong
immune to nearly any weapon
When it’s properly used it’s almost invincible.