When there's nothing left to say;
when you think it's all been said;
and you're sure that it's not OK to
write what's inside your head.
When there's nothing new under the sun
or the moon or the stars above,
and it seems that it's all been done
but the things that you dare not say.
Come on! Write on anyway.
Don't you dare stay in that place
of quiet desperation. Reach out
for something new. Grab the inspiration
hidden deep within your trauma and fear!
Write it. And then burn it, if you must.
Write from the dark night of your soul.
Write it and earn it. Learn to trust
the wisdom of what makes you whole.
It may not be kind, or soft and gentle.
Your words may be harsh and rude.
You might be booed off the stage
or locked in a cage, or be the victim
of an unreasoning rage, or even perhaps
get paid a liveable wage!
It could get very strange. You could
end up in a mental institution.
Or become a poet laureate.
Or something in between.
But you've got to be you, and you've a
story to tell. I'm sure of it.
So just tell it true and tell it well.
Write it down bit by bit.
You never know, it could be
a gigantic, glorious, mind numbing,
game changing HIT! Or not.
But so what? Just do it!
(c) June/29/2013 Len Hodgeman