Half of the World

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sometimes I feel so frustrated

That I can't find the words for my feelings

That I feel like I'm such a fraud

And I contradict myself

and try to rewrite everything with rhyme

or look for your validation, your approval of my soul

my stanzas and my gibberish: the wannabe Allen Ginsberg-like howl sounds more like a pathetic whimper

a lack of vocabulary enmeshed in gross erroneous grammar spellings

only fit for third-world country underdeveloped English


That's actually still half of the world 


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◄ A lonely one

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Thu 23rd Jul 2020 16:59

Ginsberg's Howl was my first poetry book purchase and inspired my passion to become a poet. "If only I could write like him" crosses my mind still.

This is a moving piece in the struggle not only to find a voice but to realize the voices of many are valid even though they don't fit the mainstream.

Katie Wilson

Tue 14th Jul 2020 21:42

Cool poem x

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Kate G

Tue 7th Jul 2020 08:10

This is great Kevin. Very layered, and so much to leave me thinking about in so few words. 😃

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Kevin T.S. Tan

Fri 3rd Jul 2020 23:08

thanks man! You're the best! 😃

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Paul Sayer

Fri 3rd Jul 2020 13:20

This is bloody great Kevin.

Keep posting stuff like this and even you will read it and weep, saying "I wish I could write stuff like this"


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