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Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)
TITLE: The Writer's Cliché
By Francy Judge
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ClichĂ© for those like me,
A writer in the â€śalmostâ€ť club
Whoâ€™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, sixâ€”hello?
Time passing turns me humble.
Eight weeks Iâ€™m less neurotic;
Checked the mail ten times today
Before Iâ€™ve had my breakfastâ€”
Swear by nine Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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,
Iâ€™ll seal my heart with iron
And heed heavenâ€™s writing tip:
Lay my burdens at His feet
Or rather lay my story,
Remind myself why I writeâ€”
Iâ€™m writing for His glory.
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