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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: A Tincture of Writer's Craft
By Verna Cole Mitchell


While shopping in the stationers,
I saw exotic inks,
And right beside them was a shelf
Of writers’ favorite drinks.

A single bottle drew my eye;
I thought I’d like to try it.
Before another grabbed it first,
I stepped right up to buy it.

The drink was labeled “Writer’s Craft,”
The skill of my desire.
I hoped that by imbibing, I’d
Dexterity acquire.

When I got home, I popped the cork
And took a couple sips.
My talent started rising as
The first taste crossed my lips.

My muse, that I’d not seen for months,
Came out of hiding boldly,
Apologizing he’d of late
Been treating me so coldly.

We sat together, he and I,
While I consumed my potion.
And then he jumped into my mind
And set my hands in motion.

I typed so many words so fast
With such facility,
I gazed with great amazement at
My grand ability.

Though Shakespeare was a genius,
A literary artist,
Of all the world’s word artisans,
I must now be the smartest.

But my elixir soon wore off,
Alas! My muse departed,
And I was left with naught to write—
Alone and broken-hearted.

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Charla Diehl 04/29/10
Cute and written with a good imagination--but alas, no pain, no gain for this MC.
Laury Hubrich 04/29/10
It comes and goes. No wonder are moods are so up and down:) Very cute poem!
Yvonne Blake 04/30/10
I call my tincture "coffee"...smile! Isn't it strange how our ability to create affects our moods?
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/30/10
This is great. If you ever do find an elixir like that...
Well done.
Joan Campbell04/30/10
Fun concept - if only inspiration was that easy!
Beth LaBuff 04/30/10
This is wonderful! You've created a cute, fun-to-read poem that delighted this reader! Love this! (Muses are so fickle these days!) :)
AnneRene' Capp 04/30/10
Imaginatively clever and entertaining as well. Fun read also!
Eliza Evans 05/02/10
Terrific! What a joy to read.
Love the pace.

Fun and witty!:) Well done.

where can I buy this stuff?
Barbara Lynn Culler05/02/10
This was fun. I wondered if the brew contained alcohol :)
Allison Egley 05/02/10
Hehehe This was great. If only there really WAS a drink that could help us write. lol
Catrina Bradley 05/02/10
I'll take a lifetime supply of that tincture, please. :) I felt a little let down by the ending, like I was missing something important. Maybe I just need to mull over this poem more. :) You meter and rhyme is without flaw - your poetry skips along on my tongue.
Margaret Kearley 05/03/10
I echo all the other comments! I would like to order a bottle a week please! Great poem, great fun! Thankyou
Carol Slider 05/03/10
I would guess that if you drank this all the time, it would gradually lose its effect... sort of like certain medicines do. Alas, there is no magical elixir for writing--but all of us can dream. Well done--fun and creative!
Carol Penhorwood 05/03/10
Beautifully, inventively done! A joy to read. Mind sharing that "potion"?
Patricia Turner05/05/10
Cute, well written, with a nice tincture of humor - I'd love to have some of your elixer if you'd care to share.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 15 in your level and in the top 30 overall.
Ruth Stromquist05/06/10
Fun! I almost said aloud, "Ah, that's so sad!" at the ending, but it was a good way to end it.