If you look too long at you

you see nothing else. They say

the art becomes abstract and distorted,

ends up being devoured by narcissistic

demons.   (Writing as if You mattered?)


Better to write about birds,

or birds in branches in trees,

or birds in branches in trees in December.

Looking up, away, outward

is the true art of poesy, they say.


They say you are conceited in this conditional

demand that reading you means

seeing you, all guts and gruesome glory.

Self-pronounced identity poured sloppily

across white paper like dark-black blood


across white-silk sheets. They say, you

are just too raw! Seeping and spreading stains

across the innocent white fabric — now ruined

by the heartbeat of warm red iron and oxygen —

destroying forever the pretty-pristine vision we prefer.

*n. Slang

Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or concentration on a single issue: “The optimistic trend masks a looming problem, which has sent the travel industry into a renewed bout of navel-gazing” (Financial Times). American Heritage Dictionary. Read more:
*(Often used to describe Poets and Poems or writers considered too self-focused)

7 thoughts on “Navel-Gazing*

  1. Thanks for the commentary and invite. Both are appreciated. Went to Jinglepoetry and would love to contribute – not finding a sign-in area or the MaLinky? Help?! Thanks and blessings, Marissa


    • our potluck week 17 is open now, welcome linking in 1 to 3 old poems as the first time participant…

      Enjoy a lovely Monday!

      leave your entry and email address in the comment if you could not find the blue button…click on the title of the potluck post and good luck…


    • Oh, I just now saw your comment here about the questions, I guess the notifications for the reply haven’t got to me.You go to the post Monday Potluck and down is a blue button saying Add link and you add the link to your poem there, your name and your e-mail/ e-mail will not be visible/ It’s open until Wednesday so you still have the time to add a link.


  2. Interesting, creative, different. I like it!

    Hello, Happy New Year!

    Today I want to introduce you to a flexible poetry forum, it is Jingle Poetry Monday Potluck, you link in a poem related to our theme (Week 17 Theme is The Road Ahead), or 1 to 3 poems that are old or unrelated to our theme, enjoy some traffic and encouragement…if you wish to fit in our community better, you feel free to visit and comment as many entries as you wish from our collection, how cool it is?!

    Please check us out at

    let me know if you have questions..

    We are open Sunday, 8pm until Wednesday, 8pm, American Central time..

    Sign in with your yahoo or google email to follow our blog so that you know our updates if you wish…We value your attention…hope to see you in…


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    • Thanks for reading and for commenting. No, doesn’t apply to you! Is more of a satire/commentary on the establishments view of poets. I’m working on an essay of the same topic – hope to post it soon.



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