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If Only to Write

One would think
that I could write
my masterpiece now,
as I
descend deeply and despairingly
into the
dungeon of depression,
but I
cannot focus
enough to write.

I have displayed
my trophies
which are now
gathering dust
upon the invisible,
mysterious mantel defined
as advancement and adulthood.
I am
too confused
to pore
over thought.

who would want
to hear
the whining
of a
three time loser?
I could cry
for my ventures
and regrets
until I bore
my unfortunate readers
into comas.
I am
too tired to tell
of those times.

I merely sit here,
vacant of mind,
and tired.
I long
for The Muse
to fall upon me,
call upon
my modest mastery.
I’m alone,
without inspiration.

COPYRIGHT 2001 by Michael Bonanno
LOC Reg. #TXu 988-155

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