Writing for clarity

Having every thought and idea  Neatly lined up in marching formation, Chronologically arranged  Ready to tumble onto the page – Is not a pre-requisite  For good writing.  The pen is a sword Capable of slicing through confusion, Splitting open hidden insights  And chopping off sentiments That don’t add to the narrative. Writing does not empty […]

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Dry pens

I have a recurring nightmareThat my pen has dried up,And have said all I could sayEmptied myself completely-Bottom of the barrel kind of stuff:I sit down to writeBut all that comes upAre tired old storiesRepeated repeatedlyStaring back at me on the pageAnd morphing into the voiceOf my inner criticThat I am all too familiar-‘’You’re done’ […]

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Creative Confidence

When will you stop asking for permissionTo do what you’ve beenPut here on earth to do?When will you be convinced?How many pats on the back will it take?Five star ratingsStanding ovationsTestimonials-All of it won’t ever be enoughTo fill up the gaping holesOf your insecurity,So stop waiting untilYou feel worthy to create-You already are.Creative confidenceComes after […]

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Writing for clarity

Not every sentence will be neededMany words are going to have to be let goA lot of early thoughts on the pageWon’t make it to the final cut.The pen is a macheteSlicing through the forestOf ambiguity,Chopping down unnecessary branches,Pruning for purposeUntil a clearer, deeper realityAppears on theHorizon.

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Writing for Reincarnation

The pen does so much more thanRecord our present thoughtsOr disperse our ideasFar and wideFor others to savor.The pen presents an opportunityFor a part of ourselvesTo exist outside of our physical membersOn a pageFor others to encounter.Every day I populate my mindWith the written words of great writers,From ancient scribes of sacred textsTo contemporary authors […]

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Twice Removed

It gets harder and harderTo remove yourselfFrom the success or failureOf the work you doAs you become increasinglyInvested in it.Nothing destroysYour chances of creating wonderful thingsQuite as quicklyAs being too closely entwinedWith the outcomes.Sure, one hopes for recognitionAnd applause is a signThat you’re onto somethingBut that’s not whereThe secret sauce comes from-Its not where the […]

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Writing for Survival

SometimesThe pen is all I’ve gotTo fight off the zombiesThat threaten to feast on my brainAt the end of the day,Bringing to lifeThe half-dead dreamsThat day to day reality beats downRelentlessly.In a world that seems hellbentOn mispronouncing my nameAnd misunderstanding my storyThe pen often feels like the only place whereMy truth feels safe enough to […]

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Solace in the Pen

Sometimes it takes a well crafted sentenceTo realize you’ve been holding your breath,A well rounded sonnetTo give language to your painAnd vocabulary to your distress.There is solace in the pen,A quiet delightOf being the first personTo see your own thoughts on a page,The fleeting ghosts of your mindSuddenly given flesh and bones,The formless world of […]

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Writing for ‘likes’

Isn’t always as tackyAs it sounds.Sometimes the feedback I getAbout my writingIs just what I needTo sit down and write again tomorrow.Not many of usCan truly live our livesNot caring aboutWhether or not our work resonates;Most of us relishPositive feedback-And that’s not an indicationThat we’re shallow.Its just nice to knowThat I’m not randomlyShooting out wordsInto […]

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What if no one reads it?

Well, if its never writtenThen even you won’t get to read it.Words on a pageHave a life of their ownAnd you have no ideaWhat havoc they might wreakOr what beauty they mightUnfurl like a flagIn the hearts and mindsOf those who read them.Thoughts can be fleetingAnd quickly dismissedBut words on a pageCan start firesThat burn […]

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