You Learn – A Poem + Updates

Note: I’m possibly overtaxing myself by putting out a poem this week despite being so exhausted, but this needs to be done. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last few weeks, it’s the necessity of inertia in the formation of habit.

Of course, it would have been much easier for me to get this poem out if I hadn’t signed up for not one but TWO online classes over the last week or so—a Poetry Workshop and an Online Engagement for Fiction Writing Workshop. This is, of course, on top of my meager efforts at promoting the #ABookForAnEBook project (which also incidentally lets you have access to my first published short story). I’ll be at the MIBF tomorrow, by the way, offering 1-card tarot readings to folks who choose the #StrangeLit bundles in exchange for their donated books.

But back to the poem: I’m doing this, despite my exhaustion, because I promised myself I’d try to step up my creative writing no matter how swamped I get with work. Because I need this for soul replenishment. And this is good practice.

Do you think this is a good idea, or is it bad idea? Feel free to let me know!

ReadinginBetween_You Learn Poem

You learn to


and clasp


and clap.


You learn to

watch the world

to laugh

to snap.


You learn to


and read the other’s ways.


You learn to

feed the beast

of public gaze.


You learn to

sing their songs to get



You learn to lose yourself just to belong.

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