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100 Meters – Blank Verse

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100 Meters – Blank Verse

It’s early morning. My brain is drained by sleep. There is nothing to say. Nothing I would choose to say. So, I start with a blank page. My nascent career as a performance, soon to be published, poet has begun. Deep in the recess thoughts begin to percolate. I am thinking about making introductions. I am thinking about post cards and the need for brevity. I close the poem with a choice. Where or there?

How to start
….
An introduction
To a piece
Use an opening line
…..
Followed by 4 dots
….
Pretend there is more
That is hidden
Or is to come
….
Keep them holding on
Hung in suspense
No one will ever know
The lines that are not where

….

I called myself a performance poet. Makes a change. I’ve recently been full of socially enagaged activist poet; slowly emerging. Words have become more important to me. Its not just blather on a blank page. I can use this to start a performance. Use long pauses. Is it a poem, is it a link? Another introduction is something I learned from a student at the City Link. ‘Call yourself a stammering poet ‘, she said, ‘manage expectations’. Is this another stammering poem? Is it a poem at all? That last question to self….. full of doubt, doubt is a question in the void

Doubt is the question in a void

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