Treasure Island

Jesse Ellsbury

(March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

A Poem in Rebellion

How dare you defy me
the words at my command.
I am your creator,
you cannot deny me
but somehow you do:

words gone AWOL,
escaped from my mouth,
I sent out the guards
but they came back with doubt
in a basket
like dirt from a harvest.

And this is the result,
a poem in rebellion
against the brain that spawned it,
all the words I tried to type
come out as if I yawned them,
too awake to sleep,
too tired to weep,
with just enough energy
to use the keys
to write a poem
that doesn’t deserve to

Submitted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 18, 2013

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  • Khairul Ahsan (8/29/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    An excellent poem. This happens almost with every poet, but few can describe the ordeal so eloquently as you did. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (7/31/2013 1:02:00 PM)

    a great rebellion to a poem. sometimes our muse goes to sleep on us preventing the flow of words. but you did just fine, (Report) Reply

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