After reading ‘I wish I had the confidence’ by poet Raymond Antrobus which appears in his wonderful collection ‘The Peserverance’ . Taking Ray’s starting line I was inspired to write my own poem. It’s been a while since I picked up a pen and this is only the second draft but I thought I would post it anyway, in its raw form.
I wish I had (after Raymond Antrobus)
I wish I had the confidence of James Brown’s shoes
before he danced, whilst he danced, whilst he sang.
I wish I had the confidence of my cat, how she owns
this garden, every paw-print a mark of what is hers.
I wish I had the confidence of a thought’s first breath
before it finds a home in a head or heart and settles there.
I wish I had the confidence of sky, or the bee
who in its bee-like mind, lives in hope
knowing there will always be another flower, the treat
of nectar. I want to sing the top C, to cross
the finish line arms in a victorious Y, first or last.
It doesn’t matter I made the journey anyway.
I wish I had the confidence of those I dream
who have the confidence but maybe don’t,
a future full of shining what ifs ?
The possibility of everything.