you cannot edit as you create
he told me so, to help with my writing
and while it is an encouragement to live and let live, while writing,
sometimes life works better if you were a serial deleter
combining two different pieces of life advice,
i think of a way to live life in balance of the both.
i believe that we create with every breath
and i believe that our minds exist to edit
with every regret, we live a little, with every selfless deed we live some more
with every moment in our way, we craft a perfect reaction
we create our own version of experience, and we alter it to every occasion
but it’s the same as how poetry can’t always rhyme;
we must make mistakes
to keep from going mad, if nothing else.
and in those moments you will want to stop existing,
perhaps a brief hiatus from pleasing others
because we forget that our existence is something we have entitlement to.
so we edit as we create,
taking back moments before they happen, scaring ourselves out of risks,
crafting apologies before they’re needed.
we tell ourselves this is the way to live.
impromptu poems is a series of poems that i have written sitting alone at a table on Broadway, typing them out on instant olivetti script, running a stand of poems, asking strangers to take one and pay what it was worth to them.