Michelle Claus


An Attitude Of Ending - Poem by Michelle Claus

An attitude of ending
is the engine of my craft.
All my days, my hours, my now
I’ve been jotting on scraps -
I am my epitaph’s rough draft.

Nothing of this copy can be erased,
crossed out, revised,
edited, or perfected,
not even the deepest regrets can be deleted,
so all my moment-notes and aphorisms,
poetic purls,
babbling blunders and fumblings,
in abundant awkwardness for sure,
are permanently scribed
on scraps of time
with a grave and goofy mind.

But what the heck,
for all my lack of certainty
and all my found finesse,
I address the instance with an odd urgency
and strive to write my uni-verse.

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Comments about An Attitude Of Ending by Michelle Claus

  • Rookie - 206 Points Nathan Coppedge (6/1/2014 10:15:00 AM)

    I get the sense that the poem instead ends with 'last caress'. It may be difficult to change a rhyme once you've chosen it, hence the arts of modern poetry. I like the middle part though. The poem is surprisingly light considering the heavy themes. In that way, it is difficult to understand the meaning. But some of the images make clear that you are groping towards some sort of truth of inbetweens, perhaps not a dark truth. Maybe just ordinary existence, or something intellectual. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,054 Points Michelle Claus (6/1/2014 11:18:00 AM)

    *last caress* is a nice suggestion... I used to allow Existential thinking to weigh me down in brooding and solemnity. As I get older, I'm learning to shrug my shoulders. Even though I'm always striving, striving for some unattainable Perfection in this quick existence, I do so knowing how ridiculous and flawed I am. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  • Rookie - 484 Points Adeline Foster (5/24/2014 3:10:00 PM)

    Interesting format, but the subject follows through making perfect sense. Read mine – Who Am I –
    Adeline (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,054 Points Michelle Claus (5/24/2014 6:08:00 PM)

    Thank you, Adeline. I will read your poem, Who Am I

  • Gold Star - 6,031 Points Herbert Guitang (4/21/2014 12:27:00 AM)

    Your poem is very flowing, nice and smooth to read.
    Superb poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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