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The Poem That Got Away

I hate movies that are about making a movie,
Plays about putting on a show,
And I really hate
Papers about not being able to write a paper.
So I guess at some level I hate this poem.
And yet, it needs to be said:
Sometimes you have an idea --
The beginnings of a poem.
You decide to let the idea
Cook in your head a little bit more
Before you write anything down.
A couple weeks later,
You know you were thinking about a poem,
But you just can't remember
What it was about.
Maybe it's lost for all time.
Maybe it will be recovered.
But for now,
It's the poem that got away.

19 March 2000

by Bill Cattey