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Finding Suitable Endings For Our Poems

The Poet Searches For An Ending

This poem took exactly a year to write! Well, allow me to explain...
I started writing it in the month of August and was having trouble finding a suitable ending, so I put into a folder of unfinished poetry pieces. Almost a year to the day, I stumbled across it again and immediately knew the words I wanted to use. The problem had resolved itself. It serves as a clear example of why writers need to distance themselves from their writing occasionally. A little distance provides a clearer appreciation of the words. Maybe not a whole year though!

Endings are important. It is the final chance to leave an impression upon the reader. We must choose those final words carefully. We need them to make an impact.

Sneaker Look

Discarded sneakers
Scuffed and mangled
Laces frayed
Both lay rejected by the door
They ‘ll not see action any more
No more housing smelly socks
Scrambling rocks
The sole is smooth
Colour faded
Worn out torn out
And worst of all
On each sad shoe
Is a giant hole
Where a toe pokes through
Their value has at last diminished
Sad to say

Their sneaking’s finished.


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