. The Poetaster’s Plight Some think the poet’s work is ease: "Sit back and write it’s such a breeze;" But those that know will surely say They labor hard from day to day. They wrestle with each turn of phrase, Constructing forms in different ways. A quote, a comma, where to place To space or not could bring disgrace. You see you’re writing for the ages, Competing with so many sages. The pressure is I hate to say Enough to make one turn away. Abandoning this noble task, It’s risk for me, too much to ask; For poetry is my life’s pursuit, Without it now I can’t compute. So struggle on I’m sure I will Until I find that word t’will fill, Completing what I need to say At least for one more harried day. . . Kenneth L. Horne is an emerging poet in Colorado.