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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: The Writer's Cliché
By Francy Judge
05/04/10


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Close but no cigar, some say
Cliché for those like me,
A writer in the “almost” club
Who’s lost her dignity.

A heart tear I thought repaired
From the last reply sent back
Tore open just a smidgen,
Let hope sneak through the crack.

An agent showed some interest,
Asked for exclusive time,
Two weeks to read my manuscript;
My hope soared past a nine.

Hands strike twelve with no reply;
My hope begins to tumble;
Two weeks, four weeks, six—hello?
Time passing turns me humble.

Eight weeks I’m less neurotic;
Checked the mail ten times today
Before I’ve had my breakfast—
Swear by nine I’ll walk away.

I dream of being published,
Wish I sealed that tear with tape;
Waiting would be simple
If my dreams could not escape.

I sent my novel roaming
With the chance I’d see her soar,
But worry she is buried
Under piles on a floor.

Next time I build up courage
And prepare a postal trip,
I’ll seal my heart with iron
And heed heaven’s writing tip:

Lay my burdens at His feet
Or rather lay my story,
Remind myself why I write—
I’m writing for His glory.


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Beth LaBuff 05/06/10
I had a big smile with your "Two weeks, four weeks, six--hello?" :) I love your creativity with the clichés and your ending "says it all." (I had to add my own cliché) :)
angelos2 wark05/07/10
Isn't this the truth!
The ending says it all!!!
Good job!
Joan Campbell05/13/10
Congratulations on your EC Frances. I loved reading this poem - I could so identify with the emotions.
Jackie Wilson05/13/10
Congratulations on your EC placing!!