This poem is taken from Stand 222, 17(2) May - June 2019.

Anne Lee Tzu Pheng Poem
Twelve Best Things About Writing Poetry
for Rajeev S. Patke


People avoid you and leave you alone
and you get to visit deserts and lonely places
you never thought to see for free.

You face off your stubborn defects: procrastination,
fear of the unknown, bad faith, your faulty ear, and
starved vocabulary.

On the other hand, you learn to sing without a sound,
safe that no one can hear your discordant composing,
and you don’t disturb the neighbours.

You don’t know whether anyone will read you,
much less whether they care: this is your chance
to practise mindfulness and detachment.

You know that one wrong move, one wrong click,
and the relief of your creation vanishing
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