Feb 4, 2010 8

Poetry Thursday: Words after words

Ain’t no trick
to writing
nor magic
in doing it well.

Writing is you
and your chair
and your brain
and your heart
gathering together
for as many moments as you can string together
of work.

Writing is nouns
and verbs
and adjectives
and adverbs,
in that order,
and then reordered
over and over
and over

Writing is taking
the stories you see
and the truths you hear
all around you
all the time
and letting them sift
through the filter
you have created for them.

Keep that filter clean
and in good working order:

Change it as necessary.
Air it out in between uses.
Protect it at all costs.

Now go
and catch stories
and write them down
or talk them through
or act them out.

Do not be fooled
into thinking
there is only one way to tell a story:

There is only
the best way
and only you,
trying again and again,
can tease it apart
and put it back
in a way
that makes sense
and sets hearts
to beating.

Okay: I lied.

Here is
the one trick
to writing
that will take you magically
from where you are now
to the heights
of where you can go:

Do it over and over
and over and over
every day
for as many
as you have left.



Image by Mike Baird via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Glenda February 4, 2010 at 5:59 am


Peggy February 4, 2010 at 6:09 am


Positively Present February 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

As a fellow writer, I LOVE this one. It’s actually perfect for me because I’ve been thinking a lot about how good it is to be writing all the time, even if I don’t think everything I write is all that great. Love this poem!

alisha February 4, 2010 at 7:22 am

thank you for posting this today.

just so happened i recommited myself to writing (outside of my blog) and this is the perfect motivation and inspiration to keep at it!

LPC February 4, 2010 at 7:52 am

Thank you Colleen. For so many things. You just let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.

Judith Tramayne February 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

Absolutely wonderful!! This one has to go into your poetry ebook! Just got a Kindle and would love to see your poetry book sold on it.


Kelly Parkinson February 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

THIS one is getting printed out & tacked on my wall. Right underneath the reindeer. Love love love. Thank you.

Debbe Hirata February 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

Kelly Parkinson took the words write out of my mouth…except fro the reindeer part. Colleen, your beauty and depth releases in new ways with every post. Thank you for your commitment to the discipline of writing.

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