On Writing (Yet Another)

Inspiration strikes like a match
In an afternoon monsoon microburst
Of clichés, tired and trite
The obligatory opening and closing
Threadbare and uninspired
A triple-dose of banal, twice-told
Allegories, tedious, tiresome
So much effort for the stale and pedestrian
How much time did you spend
Polishing that dime-store bauble of yours
You so pretentiously loft
Above everyday heads and ardent eyes
To declare, once again
The prowess of your prose
As eager critics lie in wait, lingering
To gnaw at pages, with condemning teeth
Tongues poised, ready to expose
Each flaw, every misstep
With stinging, acidic venom
Dripping from brooding lips and dull blade
A literary castration
Sends you cowering back, waiting
For one more day, a moment
Of inspiration, that strikes
Like a match, words burning down
From fingers to page
In one more attempt to offer
This world, something of substance

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  1. Whoa there. Leave some fine verses for the rest of us. Way to go River. Loved this one. It sums up the whole shebang about creativity and the writer’s block. (FYI. I use my writer’s blocks to build a castle) 😀

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  2. Wow – excellent, strong and powerful stuff. Fantastic, well-crafted poem that all writers will identify with. I love the idea of acid venom ‘dripping from brooding lips’ and ‘a literary castration’. I’m sure that’s how most of us would feel after a lashing from the critics. You are very talented. More please…

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      1. It is because there are some very good writers out there and you’re exposed to all different styles. The guy that runs it is very knowledgeable and to the point in making you see what could be improved and why. Feedback from other participants is sometimes useful too.

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