That’s the Stuff You’re Keeping out of Your Poems

That’s the stuff you’re keeping out of your poems,

Ted Hughes said to his dismantling wife,

smashing the mahogany tabletop, the high stool,

during one of their periods of interminable strife

and I thought of the things each of us omits

when we sit down and write our little poems,

our peccadilloes, annoying habits, the times

we’ve ghosted or been  ghosted on our phones,

whether at times we’ve kicked the dog or cat

or when someone’s needed us we didn’t give a rats.

Little things we’d rather not disclose

like walking around in our poems without clothes

20 thoughts on “That’s the Stuff You’re Keeping out of Your Poems

  1. I’d take my clothes off in all my poems, but I think people would stop reading them and just stare. Then, all the effort of crafting the perfect lines of verse would be wasted on lustful gazes. Fear, it may be the same as you. Alas, guess we shall have to keep our clothes on mid-pen.


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