The mimic’s paradox

Your waters are too shallow.
A pool of wasted opportunities/dreams/narcissistic hopes/
The spotless page is a map that marks the Hemingway,
and your pen will light the Plath.
Less is more. More is esteemed.
(The mimic’s paradox)
You burn the midnight
oil in Twain.
And you cut out the middle woman?
And you mimic Emerson
yourself in deep waters.
Foolish pool.
Write intoxicated, edit not.

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