Shelley Widhalm

Starving Artist Poem

In 52: A Writer's Life, Poetry, Shelley Widhalm, Writing on March 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

The question of being who you are is more difficult if you are afraid, both of uncertainty and of starvation. This poem reflects that question I find to be a constant struggle.

Becoming, or Not

I am not what you say:

I become what you want
you with a capital
I could not begin
to write my letters
how I feel them
pump through my thoughts –
Go away, I must shear
each one off to make
myself simple, a 9-to-5 girl
with a lost heart.

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