The last thing I do at night

before hitting the sack

is taking a peek,

and the first thing I do in the morning

after getting up

is to sneak another peek.;

the laptop is left on

so I can see at a glance

how many comments I’ve collected

since I last looked;

sometimes I go away with a full tummy,

other times I leave anxious,

afraid I failed to hit the mark,

the old lead balloon syndrome.

I know it’s unhealthy,

it’s not all about numbers

but it’s the performer in me—

you like to hear the applause,

& read the critics in the morning

  • pic courtesy of pinterest

27 thoughts on “Peek

  1. It’s hard for me to peek during the day, but I understand. I’m the worst at forgetting to respond to things at all. My overwhelm light goes off and it’s shut off. Ah well, it can’t be all that bad to just take a few peeks. πŸ˜‰ Clever one.

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  2. I think what you’re doing is fine, and not unhealthy at all. You care about your product, and it’s always good to have feedback and know if you’re making a difference. It’s a wonderful way to connect to other writers. Great piece by the way. πŸ₯°

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  3. I’m a peeker too. But the numbers aren’t it for me. I just like the community. Seeing what people are saying/sharing. I used to worry about the numbers a lot and occasionally I still think about it. But something changed. I’m not sure what. But the writing I see and do and the community are definitely what attracts me to blogging.

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    • I’m changing, Worms; I would rather honest feedback; I used to expect reciprocity when I made comments; now I’ve out grown that; I like poetry like yours that is willing to experiment with language; it doesn’t always hit the mark for me but when it does I will say so —

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