A Storm of Doubt

Doubt blows through
a dust-devil of uncertainty
clouding my judgment

It’s hard to recognize
the truth in the storm
To believe the evidence
right in front of my face

One does not become
a contest finalist
if one cannot write

Still self-doubt rages on


I missed the last Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub. But the given word—storm—has been swirling in my mind ever since. So, for Open Link Night, I’m putting off working on my memoir, which is a finalist in the Oregon Christian Writers contest, and writing a stormy Quadrille instead.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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24 Responses to A Storm of Doubt

  1. Working in solitude as poets do, we learn our craft and read others. Sometimes, we weigh our work against others, sometimes our own work comes out feeling wrong after it leaves our minds — not quite right written out. Then those doubts seize our thoughts and stop us. Best to take a walk and let fresh air blow them away. Take heart in small successes and the times the write felt right! I like poems that explicate the process. Very well done!

  2. sanaarizvi says:

    Congratulations on being a finalist in the memoir writing competition. This is a powerful poem 🙂

  3. frankhubeny says:

    Nice description of doubt as a storm that we weather.

  4. I can relate to this feeling.

  5. Grace says:

    Having doubts is fine; its what drives us to check and validate our thoughts and emotions ~ Congrats on being a finalist ~

  6. jillys2016 says:

    Congrats and write on, my friend!

  7. Better to err on the side of caution than to be over-confident! Perhaps self-doubt is simply caution in disguise! Good write.

  8. To get to the final is proof that critics judged it favourably. You don’t have to be the best to be good 🙂

  9. Ah, the doubts we have that we must overcome to realize and relish our potential. Well-penned.

  10. Congratulations on being a finalist in the memoir writing competition. You deserve it. If this helps: I haven’t heard a writer, artist, musician or anyone NOT having doubt, even after having achieved recognition multiple times – so it’s normal! Don’t worry and carry on!

  11. To write is one thing – to let it be judged by others is another

  12. ZQ says:

    Currently, I think, we have to hold to our hearts moral beliefs and not those of man.
    God gave our hearts the “WORD” not words words words… It has become confusing. You have illustrated a dilemma well .

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