Probably isn’t the one you think.It may not have a lot of likesAnd it might take a whileBefore you see itBut the blogs you wrote this yearHelped a heart make it through the nightStopped a downward spiral of self-decayAnd became the very words of somebody’s anthem.Don’t let the metrics rule you-Write, for goodness sake, write;We […]
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I am not here because I feel like it.I am here because it matters.I am not here for people to applauseI am here to make my thoughts coherent.I am not here to make up for the days I didn’t writeI am here because today’s words need to be writtenAnd there are people who need them.This […]
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I am appalledBy how much I still reachFor something my penHas never promised-Perfection.My pen is only obligatedTo faithfully glide across the page,To make my ethereal ideas tangibleFor my wondering thoughts to find a destination.The pen is mightyBut it cannot bear the weightOf my expectationThe words stretch highBut they are unlikely to scale the heightOf human […]
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The pen can be a formOf passive aggression.A way of saying things on a pageThat you can’t bring yourself to sayFace to face.Many books are filled with wordsThat were left unsaid,Plans that were never carried out:Life that was not lived.While narrative is a superpowerIt cannot replace actual experiences.Words are meant to describe, informAnd even shape […]
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There’s a sentence in the airI can’t quite graspA phrase that would come to meIf only I had the patience,If only I had the skill,Or the presence of mindTo give it a home.Somehow I can perceiveThat this one sentenceWill lead to a world I’ve longed forAnd only painfully glimpsed,Like Moses yearning for the Promised LandHe’d […]
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Is not a given.Sometimes you’re just sayingWhat needs to be said,But no one’s ready to hear it.Other times you’re speaking upThinking you are doing it for othersBut you’re really setting yourself free.And other times you just have a tough crowdAnd they are not the kind of peopleWith an ear for what you have to say.Not […]
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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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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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May not be the best you have in youAnd yes it may even be really, really bad.The pen makes no guarantees,No assurance of qualityNo fail safe strategy for a compelling story-Just a promiseThat once on the pageYour ethereal thoughts would haveFound brick and mortar residence in the formOf sentences-Sentences that may evokeMind numbing boredomOr deep, […]
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Improvement is a giftWe can offer ourselvesThrough focused effortAnd applied hope.ComparisonIs a wound we can afflictOurselves withThat will bleed bright redEven on our best days.We tend to undersellBeing ‘better’As the thing you reach forWhen you’ve tried and failedAt being the best,But the reality isIf you’re ever going to beThe best you can beIt would surely […]
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