November 19, 2008

Unused Lines

While words we pamper and protect
march off in search of meager fame,
these lines like bastard kids collect,
skulking through our notes in shame,

the discards of our intellect,
false starts, limp rhymes, feet bruised and lame,
condemned to suffer in neglect,
half-breeds that we refuse to name

for fear they'll prove what we suspect:
the damned and saved are much the same.

—Chelsea Rathburn
From The Shifting Line (University of Evansville Press, 2005)

Posted by dwaber at November 19, 2008 01:15 PM