Not sure  – small stone 22

Yesterday I didn’t write a small stone. Too tired, feeling ill and full of self doubt.

Today I was introduced to an American poet new to me – W.S.Merwin.
I have been reading some of his poems on line. These words, describing advice he received from his teacher, spoke to me.

“…I asked how can you ever be sure
that what you write is really
any good at all and he said you can’t

you can’t you can never be sure
you die without knowing
whether anything you wrote was any good
if you have to be sure don’t write”
W.S. Merwin, “Berryman” from Migration.

Perhaps the act of writing is just another example of faith…

Find the whole poem here



4 responses to “Not sure  – small stone 22

  1. Thank you for this – I hadn’t come across Merwin either, and will certainly follow him up now. And the message really resonates as well.

  2. haroldbuckfield

    Hope you feel better in your body,mind and creativity,soon. You may not know how good your writing is.. But we do ; and the evaluation of others is probably better than your temporary self doubt.

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