Monday, August 25, 2014


for Dawn Kamerling

Sometimes it comes like water from a hose;
   I try to keep up, but my fingers ache.
Sometimes it’s like an empty suit of clothes,
   And all I write is surface and feels fake.
But something always comes—and even what
   Reads false—just like third season Captain Kirk—
Can ring true if I edit it and cut
   Deeper than skin—which is where my real work
Begins, the work that typists never do.
   Because the first draft’s always therapy,
The second is where I must make it true
   For people who lack my pathology.
      And if I’m blessed, that work will make them hear
      What inspiration whispered in my ear.

Copyright 2014 Matthew J Wells


Molly said...

Well said. Clearly not the first draft.

R. Vincent Park said...

Matt, always amazing to read your work... thanks for posting.