Ode To The Middle

By Saadi | Poetry

Sep 22
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Beginnings get the attention
They are new, shiny and exciting
Endings are romanticised, celebrated and commemorated
We don’t like to talk about middles

The middle is where the confusing stuff happens
After the excitement of the beginning
And before the end allows us to judge
Success/Failure
Tragedy/Comedy

The middle is that part of the adventurous sea voyage
You leave out in the retelling
Where you no longer see any shore
Just featureless ocean to all horizons
You’re feeling seasick
And you wish you bought a plane ticket instead

The middle is an embarrassing place to stop
You’re supposed to be passing through to the end
Writers hide their half written manuscripts
No one wants to see them anyway
Unless the writer achieves acclaim, and dies
Providing a default ending of acceptable glory
To all unfinished work

The middle is where the work is
After the enthusiasm of the beginning has faded
Before the anticipation of the finishing line
Gives that second wind

The middle is why procrastination was invented

The middle is where…

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