The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – July 12 – Naked, Screaming, and Possibly Schizophrenic


We’ve all done it, stared deep into the mirror in the morning, stark naked, lip curled in disgust, head shaking, hands trying to find a way to stop fidgeting, and told ourselves it would never happen again. That things would change – it would all work out. We get the literal, or figurative, water as hot as we can make it, in an attempt to wash our hands of the things we’ve done, while screaming at our reflection, and hoping we don’t get caught – by ourselves. We’ve all given ourselves the personal pep talk. The I-will-lose-weight-go-to-the-gym-stop-eating-so-much-spend-more-time-with-so-and-so-do-better-at-work-finish-homework-respect-family-love-thy-neighbor-love-thyself-no-more-dead-birds-write-one-more-sentence-I-believe-I-can-fly-I-will-not-eat-the-last-potato-chip talk.

But does it work?

Has it ever worked?

Words are merely words if you never follow through with them – be it with writing them down, or giving personal pep talks, or whatever the case might be. There never seems to be an end to the amount of times we can have the same discussion with the mirror – the same two-way conversation, out loud to a room, or car, or yard, or beach, with the same voice both asking and answering each question.

So, today’s Question of the Day:

What was the last personal pep talk you gave yourself, and did it ever work?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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