I Used to Write a LOT of Poetry

It feels like an admission of guilt.  "I used to write a lot of poetry." 

I think it's a weakness.  "I used to write a lot of poetry." 

I am embarrassed to say:  "I used to write a lot of poetry." 

But it is true. 

So here goes.  Here I go again:

For you both I would,

give up all self.

But I can't, because you need me

as me.  Imperfect, yet whole.

The heart cracks and we draw with chalk, making virtues of the fissures.

"My mother taught me this," I say.

"My mother taught me this," you'll say.

Each one of us, desperately intertwined, kicking the net.

A few great things happen each lifetime.  These are mine.

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