for Dawn Kamerling
To creativity!—It takes you out
Of yourself, even as it drags you down
To what your inner self is all about,
And humbles you as it gives you a crown.
Here’s to the work it takes to get it right!—
Because the first draft’s always therapy.
If you want someone else to see the light
That blinded you, then let them read Draft 3.
Here’s to the doubts you feel when it’s concluded!—
And you sit there and think: “What is this worth?
No one will ever care.” Wrong—dead wrong—you did.
You cared. You cared enough to give it birth.
So here’s to you!—who dared to make the choice
To lose yourself by finding your own voice.