NATIONAL POETRY DAY: UNTITLED


I tried being a drunk

I tried being alone

I tried being a son
I tried being a father
I tried being a sonofabitch
I tried being a reasonable sonofabitch
I tried being an adult
I tried being a respectable worker
I tried being spent
I tried being young
I tried being withered
I tried being a writer
I tried being a poet

And when I tired of all that
I tried
Just being
... it didn't work

by Jamie Ellis