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The Poet Fears Failure

The poet fears failure
& so she says
“Hold on pen
What if the critics
Hate me?”
& with that question
She blots out more lines
Than any critic could.

The critic is only doing his job:
Keeping the poet lonely.
He barks
Like a dog at the door
When the master comes home.

It’s in his doggy nature.
If he didn’t know the poet
For the boss,
He wouldn’t bark so loud.

& the poet?
It’s in her nature
To fear failure
But not to let that fear
Blot out

Her lines.

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Poem The Poet Fears Failure - Erica Jong