‘Better safe than sorry'(new poem)

My various thoughts and emotions today have been mixing like oil and water, which is great for “tune-out-the-world, tune-into-my-iPod, get-work-done,” but not so great for writing even halfway-decent poetry. So I’m pulling out an ancient work, something I found in my iPod notes. It’s from October 2, 2010, when I was quite young, only 18.

I’m pretty sure I actually intended it to be a song, but I can’t remember how it goes now, and besides, all of my songs have a 10% chance of becoming poems, and vice versa. The main thing is I wrote it, and I’m sharing it. Enjoy!

Better safe than sorry
By Maggie McGinity

Better safe than sorry,
‘Cause I’ve been sorry too many times before,
And in the end
Every leaves me, no one needs me,
No one’s really my friend

So until you’re truly true
And truly you
And truly real

And the things you say and do
Are the way you truly feel

And until you truly want me,
Need me,
Love me,
Here’s the deal:

You won’t break through these walls,
They won’t crumble
They won’t fall
Until you’re here
And you will stay
And you’re for real.”

Long, conflicting quotes:

“So lock the windows
And bolt the door
‘Cause I’ve got enough problems
Without creating more
I feel like I was born
To devastation and reform
Destroying everything I loved
And the worst part is
I pull my heart out, reconstruct
And in the end it’s nothing but
The shell of what I had when I first started”
-“Devastation and Reform,” by Relient K

“And you, O my soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.”
-“A Noiseless, Patient Spider,” by Walt Whitman


2 thoughts on “‘Better safe than sorry'(new poem)

  1. I have had a rough go at it today as well, I ended up publishing my poem on my blog but I hate the way everything flows, I just couldn’t get it the way I truly wanted it…I can’t even explain what I am trying to say HaHa,

    But this is first time I haven’t absolutely loved a poem of mine…it’s rather frustrating.

    This is an extremely beautiful Poem, I am almost glad you were having a bit of trouble and ended up publishing an old one, it needed to be shared for sure!

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