my very best poem

i only want to give you my very best poem
i don't want to share any old poem
only my very best poem

i've skimmed several pages, all disparate,
review different files, flipped through every weathered notebooks
searching for that one very best poem
for you

and no one poem
feels just right
is quite right
for this occasion
for you

so i skirt the stage
remain in my seat
purse my lips
and hold this feeling in

this fretting, this distressing
that none of my poetry
is good enough to me
for you


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