Treasure Island

douglas scotney

(boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Trying Not To Be


To try not to be, or to be?
is the question this poet is asked
by agreeing a poet's a liar.

Being means persuasion,
means tricks;

trying not to lie
requires removal,
trick by trick,
of persuasions,
and awareness of new tricks arising,
new forms of rhetoric.

It's not easy being me
trying not to be.

Submitted: Thursday, January 02, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 03, 2014

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