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David L. Williams: Not Quite Right

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 09.04.2022.


There’s something out there that seems not quite right,

And some devote their lifetime trying to fix it,

While dying still not knowing what it is

Or having it draw nearer in their sight,

And though they try to see it in new light

Repeatedly they manage to just miss it,

In spite of efforts to eternally visit

Perfection that could not exist in life.

I guess they feel their efforts honing in

On flecks of flaw that set a bad example

With serious threats of evil escalating;

And even though they die with no solution,

Forgotten like a well thought out preamble,

They honor spirit’s principles most bravely.

About the Author: David L. Williams is recently retired from 34 years teaching high school English in Lincoln, Nebraska, his primary residence since he went to college there in the 80s. His poetry has mostly been written since May of 2021, and he has only recently started trying to publish, with success already in several journals. For inspiration, he enjoys sitting on the two steps leading to their patio and looking out back. He shares the home with his 30 year living partner, Mary, who unknowingly models for some of his poems. More about David and his poetry at


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