John Carter Brown


A Poem Lost


As I lay in my bed, unable to sleep
I composed a good poem I wanted to keep;
It kept going round and around in my head
(I should have been bothered to write it all down)
But decided, by rote, to remember instead.

Once honed, I repeated, lest I should forget
It felt so secure in my mind there, and yet
Time and again I have made this mistake
I should have got up, or at least stayed awake.

In spite of persisting I was not receiving
No matter my anger, there was no retrieving
And so, after all, I now know to my cost
This delicate whisper,
This poem, is lost.

Submitted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Edited: Friday, October 12, 2012

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Exactly what happened a few nights ago - and I'm still annoyed with myself.
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(Written Oct 2012)

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  • Richard Blay (3/26/2014 5:45:00 AM)

    hahaha... John, it happens to me most; a little sleep, alittle slumber, then all is lost.
    But it comes back to us in a different form. (Report) Reply

  • Callie Carroll (3/18/2014 9:55:00 AM)

    You communicate adroitly a poet's plight. Paper and pencil, paper and pencil, always within reach is my rule. (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (1/19/2014 10:16:00 PM)

    WHY does poetry come to one's mind at 2 o'clock in the morning? ! WHY? ! It always comes just when one wants to do nothing but fall asleep in peace. Instead, you've got this enchanting firefly of inspiration buzzing within you, forcing you to remember. But then what happens? Morning comes, and it's gone! GONE!
    I definitely gave this a ten! It's so relatable! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (12/29/2013 3:08:00 PM)

    I have actually taken to leaving myself a voicemail recording, while out walking, as not to let a poem escape....Seems the good ones, unencrypted in memory, run the risk of being lost...thanks for the reminder to rescue them! (Report) Reply

  • Claude Simpson (11/3/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem, relevant and fitting to many of us as writers. It happened to many writers where many ideas would come by but forgotten. Wise to jot down every thought. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (10/11/2013 12:07:00 AM)

    I can relate very well to your poem...so many times a wonderful thought escaped by the mere hesitation of capturing it...pen to paper....well written and so true, for poets alike. Thank you for commenting on my poem In My Mother's Hand...I invite you to explore more of my work, as I will, yours. PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Gabhriel Londe (9/10/2013 2:56:00 PM)

    You know we've all had this happen. But you did a good job at producing a poem in the wake of that lost poem. Great write (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (5/29/2013 4:18:00 PM)

    So oft time words come in the night, and for some reason I believe I will remember them in the morning. Not so,
    when I wake up all is forgotten. So I now jump up and make a notation. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (5/29/2013 4:18:00 PM)

    So oft time words come in the night, and for some reason I believe I will remember them in the morning. Not so,
    when I wake up all is forgotten. So I now jump up and make a notation. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (5/25/2013 2:25:00 PM)

    Well, it resulted in this poem which might be better then the one you lost.This was
    an enjoyable and remindful write. Join our lost poems club (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (12/22/2012 10:52:00 AM)

    You have spoken so well and true for so many of us. It is so frustrating, but it is good to realize I am not the only one; thanks John! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Caffrey (11/23/2012 2:31:00 PM)

    I know the feeling I too have poems lost, but now I carry a notepad with me even to bed...just in case! ! (Report) Reply

  • Constance K Yost (11/2/2012 3:13:00 PM)

    I think I may have enjoyed that one, John. Maybe you will remember it another time. Thanks for the great comments. (Report) Reply

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