I’m wrestling
with a mistake–
writing an acquaintance about
an upcoming event I was certain
she would find useful, trying
to pin her down: see you there?
Better, I think, to offer
without expectation
and pay attention.
I’m wrestling with mistakes–
this wrestling, this pinning down.

Andrew Shattuck McBride


“Wrestling” is my August 9th poem for the postcard poetry project. I used an antique card titled “Mount Baker from Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington,” and mailed it to Kim R. of Deming, Washington.

Blessings to Kim and all, Andy

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to Wrestling

  1. Agonize, much? : -) The precision of these images is so perfect.

  2. Yes, some agony and also some amazement that I continue making mistakes. I’ll be 52 in November.
    “…precision of these images is so perfect.” (sigh…) Thank you Jennifer!
    Sincerely, Andy

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