maintaining

I know that it appears trivial
when compared to larger
going-ons
but
it’s still a discouraging thing
to read
your copy of the poem
after you’ve sent it
out
to then notice
that you’ve
changed tense halfway
through
and also
mispelled a
word.

you’ve even got a
literary rep
now
and
what’s the editor going to
think?

well, he’ll just think you’re a
natural clod.

ain’t that
what you been
telling them
right along?