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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: To Write or Not to Write
By Susan Montaperto
05/17/10


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To think of things in the early morning
To hear echoes of words and daydreams past
To put pen to paper in the evening,
At night late when everyone else is abed
Slumbering through the watches of the night.

To see pictures of things real and solid.
To recast them as imaginary flights of words,
songs and sometimes pure poetic lunacy.

To hear words in the middle of a conversation
that is not a conversation, but a monologue,
a new perceived light on the joke, pun or riddle
from yesterday or even the day before.

To think in ideas, not icons.
Not pictures of oft restated pictures,
but sounds, rhythms, voices, and pitches.

To know the ending, before the beginning has begun.
To know the meaning of the intent before the
Syllables are strung tautly together
shimmering bright as the pearls
on a new bride’s necklace.

To read and rethink and reconnect
Thoughts strewn apart
Recombining messages, ideals, verbal counterpoints
all crafted into a wordsmith’s new vision
of literary expressiveness.

Hoping against hope that others will see the same
Revelation, hear the same melodies and rhythms.
As the words, sentences and phrases constantly re-express
themselves of their verbal meaning with each new reading
of their final composition.


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Esther Phillips05/20/10
"Hoping against hope that others will see the same." I see it, too. Good job!
Mildred Sheldon05/20/10
I enjoyed this very much. Oh what choices we make each day about writing. Good job.
AnneRene' Capp 05/21/10
Enjoyed your descriptions of the many thoughts we writers do toil over.
c clemons05/23/10
I like it, good job.
Mary Knoll Santos05/24/10
Thoughtful and descriptive. Thank you for bringing out the writer's experiences in this lovely poem.
Beth LaBuff 05/24/10
This makes "total sense" to me. ;) "To think in ideas, not icons. -- Not pictures of oft restated pictures, -- but sounds, rhythms, voices, and pitches. -- To know the ending, before the beginning has begun..." You are definitely a poet. I enjoyed this!
Timothy Klingerman 05/26/10
This is how I feel sometimes too. You get an idea, put it into words, and wonder if the reader will recreate the idea from the words. Nicely done.
Amanda Brogan05/26/10
Very poetic and fitting for the topic! I like the line:

"To know the ending, before the beginning has begun."

That's how a lot of my stories start out! :D

Great job!