NaPoWriMo Day 9

Image by Michaela Kobyakov via Freeimages.com
Image by Michaela Kobyakov via Freeimages.com

Palinode

by Holly Ordway

All the poems I thought of, but didn’t write
Crowd like ghosts at the heels of my unamused Muse:
The hackneyed phrases, the ideas that almost worked,
The grandiose schemes that had no real merit.

Let them go, these squeaking regretful fragments,
Let them settle into the scrap-heap of words,
Let them fade in the daylight, where I write
Or where I sit silent, feeling the warmth of the sun.

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Holly is a poet, teacher, and apologist exploring the intersection of literature and faith, reason and imagination. She is the author of the memoir Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.  

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