OctPoWriMo Day 2, Half-Good

I’ve done some introspection about my writing, wondering if I’m just putting enough effort in to get by and not enough to be good. Do you ever feel that way? But what does it take to be good? You possess all of the tools, but what else is there? I think I am trying to sort through that in my poem. Thanks for reading.

Image borrowed from the OctPoWriMo 2018 website


My love affair with words

(Perhaps why bereft arises)

I allowed your infidelity

by not choosing you properly

Such ego, such arrogant confidence

I refused to allow

It’s not just words, it’s work

It’s ideas, and comprehension

and mostly vulnerability

lying your naked body on a slate slab

for others to observe

condemn the skin not taut enough

the words not honest enough

the emotions not deep enough

Maybe it’s the sheen of half-assed

compromise, the words semi-good

but not chosen wisely

It’s half-clothed instead of bare

If you want excellent

abandon pride.


Sascha Darlington

2 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo Day 2, Half-Good

  1. I think you’re an excellent writer. That’s why I keep coming back.

    It occurs to me, as writers, if we’re not insecure about our writing we’re not trying hard enough, we’re not pushing boundaries or shakily going where we hope no one has gone before, or, at least, putting our own spin and voice to the words to give them new life and vibrance.

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