please don’t

a barn collapses

leaving only a harsh wind

same winds as before

beyond diminished


but wait

how fair is this to the writer

he who pored through mind’s memories

with empty writing instrument

gut-ink pouring from heart


would he have said it differently

more eloquently to your faces

i think not



by mary ann blinkhorn






14 thoughts on “please don’t

  1. Leeza says:

    Wonderful, Mary!

  2. jmd5717 says:

    Love this. nice job

  3. abdulbencamel says:

    Fairweathers can be a storm to write 😉

  4. “gut-ink pouring from heart.” !

  5. sedge808 says:

    has me reading… & re-reading

    • mypenandme says:

      Are you asking me what the poem is about?

      • sedge808 says:

        If u want to tell me, yes.
        But OK if U don’t.


      • mypenandme says:

        It’s my reation to a story about a young man whose parents and siblings asked him not to write poetry that makes them feel bad and embarrasses them when it was in fact they and their bad treatment of him that gave him the necessity to write and express himself to begin with. In this story, the young man promises never to write such poetry again. I read a post that reminded me a bit of this story, so I decided to write the poem.

  6. “poring through mind memories” is a wonderful phrase x Is the poem about plagiarism?

    • mypenandme says:

      No, but that would have been a good line if it were. If you check my comments, I wrote what it is about to another reader–something I rarely do. Wishing you a good day and thanks so much for reading and commenting. M.A.

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