I Don’t Have a Title for This

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Some think I write because I’m good at it,

And once upon a time, that was true.

They think I have a way with words,

And that’s all that motivates me to

Spin ideas and falsities onto a blank page —

But now, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

(“Hey, that’s cheating!” Their eyes go wide.

“You can’t rhyme ‘true’ with ‘truth’.”)


I write not because I’m good with words,

Nor because they come easily to me.

It is neither as if I have something monumental to tell,

Nor as if writing sets me free.

No, I write because I love the thrill of the chase,

The way I can float in the whispers of a fever-dream,

The pulse of words underneath my skin,

As I search for a word that rhymes with ‘me’.


But while I never tire of this chase,

It seems it has tired of me.

I open a blank page and stare in despair

When the words refuse entertain me.

What can a writer do

When the writer has nothing to write?

(And look at me rhyming ‘me’ and ‘me’.

I’m a disgrace to poetry.)


This poem is so erratic —

It seems to rhyme, but with no pattern I can discern.

Its theme changes with each stanza,

Dripping with parentheses that just can’t wait for their turn.

Do parentheses even have turns? —

Or did I just say that because I wanted it to rhyme?

I think anyone reading this knows the answer.

Look at me, assuming you’re still reading this.

All the other stanzas have eight lines

But I couldn’t find a word to rhyme with ‘rhyme’.


I started this poem implying I’m good at writing,

That I have a way with words.

The truth is, I seek an outlet,

A blank page for me to cast away my worth,

Writing a poem so awful

That it nearly convinces me I cannot write.

Which is worse, overconfidence or the other?

And now I’m looking for something to rhyme with ‘write’.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Gia Arora

Gia Arora

An aspiring writer who wants to share her ideas with the world.