Site icon Arnav Sibal


As Is What Was is a collection of poems created with no thought at all. None. There is no control over grammar, sound, rhythm, idea, or anything really. Why? I thought it would be fun. Is it insane? Absolutely.


I despise your false poets

The all know-it alls

Throwing quotes out there

Acting oracles


I despise career leaders

As if that’s supposed to be a thing

You ain’t worth salt

Unless you’re placed in office

Without asking


I despise the holy

Who espouse sheltered in stone

Give me a priest who knows biology

And how ecosystems grow


I despise you and despise me too

For thinking it’s wrong to wrestle

With mass truth

For believing it’s mad

To get all muddy in honest



I despise you for liking this

Because it sounds good

Or ignoring it ‘cause

It doesn’t jive good


I despise writing as is what was

‘Cause I can’t tell where any of this

Is coming from


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