Poetry Thursday: Keep writing

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When what you write makes you cry,
keep writing.

When the words are coming slowly,
or too quickly,
or not at all,
keep writing.

When the stories won't tell themselves
the way they showed up in your head,
keep writing.

When you are tired
or bored
or sad
or angry

when you are freshly dumped
when you are floating on air

when you are wicked
when you are good
when you are stuffed
when you are starving
when you are sure
there is not one more thing in the world to say,
keep writing.

You are not here to be significant
or meaningful
or even great—
you are here because the pen
cannot do it without you.

So pick it up
and park your ass
and write
and write
and write.