Is There Anybody Out There? 2010

               Is There Anybody Out There?

Entering my goodies into sites,

Self-publishing, etcetera, today, I quietly

Feel desparate.

Just today and just this minute

I am yearning for a reader – maybe two.

It’s the strangest curiosity,

This urgent need for you.

A thoughtless teen?

Must I be seen?


I am seventy and six.

And over those pretentious tricks.

What confirmation do I crave?

None – when I look inside

Myself, I’m riding waves

Of aptitude. I write.

This calling-out is quite


Perhaps I’m being ruled by ghosts

Of incarnations past

Whose needs unsatisfied

Are in my pride,

Pride being, as you know,

Impedimental to the most,

In this case to the host.



© Is Anybody Out There 12.7.2010

A Sense of the Ridiculous; Circling Round Vanities;

Arlene Corwin





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