A Writer's Relief

A Writer's Relief

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 10th grade, after the final round of the Vermont Competition for Excellence in Writing. I won first place in the state for my grade, writing impromptu, timed essays.


A Writer's Relief


May 9, 1985

The trials of the day are past;
Now I must my nerves relax.
My heart beat high,
My nerves all raw,
Today I competed for school honor.

A poet I am -
An artist in truth -
But what can I do
With an essay?
Essays are dull
And filled with the issues,
While my mind tends
To the spirit of things.

My honor and pride -
The school's reputation -
Rest now alone
In this moment in time
On my skill with an element
I can never call mine.

For Karin G. - it was your day, too. Shine on!

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 16. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 7, 2017
Last Updated on November 7, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, writing, competition, essays, impromptu writing, first place

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..