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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: NOW THAT YOUíVE ASKED
By Susan Montaperto
05/22/10


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You know itís all because you
went and asked!
Itís the creation of the deadline.
How does one become creative
and still be on time?

So, why did you do it?
Do you like to make people twist,
squirm and plead on bended knee?
Do you laugh with glee whilst we
battle on striving to retrieve
strands of words and misaligned
letters, sentences and phrases
that bend, twirl and rotate
in the proverbial mists of our
word-laden minds.

Words are just words.
But they are also more
than just words.
They make us laugh, cry
and sing.
Just hearing one word
Can pull down in sorrow
a thousand heartstrings.
And cause a thousand more to
Beat for joy!

So why this imposed devilment
Of self-imposed time?
Does it make the writing more
magnificent or perhaps
dare we suggest sublime?

Nay, that it assuredly does not.
It causes exile of the mind,
heart and soul
and all needful inspiration
goes stone cold!!!

This by the way Ė
is positively the last time
That I attempt to make a poem rhyme!!!


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Mary Knoll Santos05/28/10
The writer's burnout? And yet we move on. Write we must, because we love it, and light instantly glow on our faces when we do... the shine in our hearts shows in our writing. Esp. after an experience of pain and sorrow, we are able to encourage others. Keep the writer's passion burning in your heart, fellow writer. I will too.
Mildred Sheldon05/29/10
Thank you for this entry. Writers burnout or overload. Good job. Keep writing.
AnneRene' Capp 05/30/10
I liked your last comment about never attempting to make a poem rhyme again...pretty cute!!

In defense of the dreaded deadlines (which they definitely are)...without them, my writers procrastination would swallow me up and I would never get anything submitted. :)
Maria Egilsson 06/01/10
Susan
I liked the last line as well. Good job.
Karen Rice06/01/10
Can pull down in sorrow
a thousand heartstrings.
And cause a thousand more to
Beat for joy!

I love the above. If done right, the crowds hush, are drawn in as one!
Joan Campbell06/01/10
Some very beautiful word-images here. I also found the last sentence particularly cute - you drew your reader right into your struggles with it!
Carol Slider 06/01/10
Great use of language! Yes, sometimes deadlines defeat creativity... but sometimes, amazingly, they help. I can relate to the ending... it's SO hard to write a good rhyming poem!
Gregory Kane06/09/10
One of the great features of FaithWriters is Jan's Writing Class which can be found by clicking on the Forums at the top of this page. Jan is currently looking at poetry construction and I'm sure you'll find what she has to say most helpful.