A poet being better than another doesn’t make his piece perfect. We all strive towards perfection.
Whenever I think of this it reminds me of a poem written by @Minasthoughts, it goes thus,
“The best works take time to be perfect”, they’d say.
What if I don’t want to be perfect?
No what ifs.
I don’t want to be the girl who seems to have it all under control.
I don’t want to be the girl with the hottest boyfriend, the latest shoes, bags and clothes and who drives luxury convertibles.
I want to be the girl with the messy bun.
Vintage clothes. Chapped nails.
No makeup and glasses girl.
I want to have the Imperfect boyfriend so I won’t be disappointed when he breaks my heart.
The girl who no one notices but has a lot up her sleeves.
That’s who I want to be.
We’re not meant to be perfect.
We’re meant to be whole.
I once wrote a poem and gave a fellow poet for review, guess what he said?
“I feel like there’s something missing.”
What he meant was that, my piece wasn’t whole.
Your piece is meant to be whole, completely bearing everything required to pass on the message.
If you throw every poem you write into the trash can because you think it’s not perfect, I’m sorry but you’d not publish any poem anytime soon.
Your piece isn’t mean to be perfect, it’s meant to be whole.