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Poetry by Robert Stone: Right and wrong, a sonnet

Right and wrong
-a sonnet for myself
When life is not quite right yet not quite wrong,
how easy just to settle down and wait,
unmoved by positives which swelling throng
among the negatives which would deflate.

When putting off becomes entrenched routine,
how hard is waking will to working now,
aroused by prospect of uncluttered scene
where dreams all further litter disallow.

When daily chores assist creative tasks,
how certain joy will guide to happy times,
sustained by proper choice of many masks
revealing good but hiding minor crimes.

When poets fail, there's always something worse:
The almost right, the surely wrong, bad verse.

- Robert Stone, 5 June 2011
The next previous Robert Stone poetry, Poetry by Robert Stone: What's this, a sonnet

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