Step­ping Back (The In­abil­ity to Ac­cept De­feat)

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY DEVIN DROVER

My pa­per is snow. Emo­tions are stacked and my body feels like Sun­day;

the breath­ing room cre­at­ing an in­ner black hole,

eat­ing up the chance of a pro­found state­ment to cap­ture into verse. My in­sides turn out­side, shout­ing at me, an­other pseudo-witty poem to dis­tract the mind of some all-see­ing critic. I won­der how this hap­pens, six days of claus­tro­pho­bic jest­ing,

build­ing up to an open­minded fail­ure,

words cost­ing less than a cheesy pop-cul­ture ref­er­ence.

It’s dark by five o’clock and ev­ery­thing I con­tem­plate

is wasted.

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