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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: You Only Live Once - So Write!
By Lyn Churchyard


I know, I know, I know, my dishes fill the sink.
The ironing’s piled up high and my life is on the brink.
But there are twenty pages more that I have to write,
Before this very day becomes this very night.

The lawns they do need mowing, but you can hire a guide,
For from front gate to my front door I’m sure you will survive.
A plague or two dust bunnies breed beneath my bed,
While characters and settings bounce around my head.

I woke with such a start in the middle of last night,
A stunning bright idea almost made my heart take flight.
I raced towards the study and tripped upon the dog
And suddenly I found my mind enveloped in a fog.

I sat and sat and waited, for inspiration to return,
But my muse had up and taken that holiday I yearn.
Just yesterday my editor had shown to me her ire,
“Chapter eight and chapter nine by Monday I desire.”

I glanced around the study, and frowned in consternation
What reason can I quickly find for my hero’s altercation?
And who, what, why, where, how and when,raise their ugly head.
I also need a sneaky way to have a villain dead.

A bleary glance upon the clock, revealed it two A.M.
Please, dear Lord, some sleep I need, I pray with soft Amen
My mind is gone without a doubt, and insanity I pled
When my editor phones and asks of me, “Why are you still in bed?”

I wish that I could wake, and sleep, and eat in automation,
while my mind produces twisting plots with perfect inspiration.
The writer’s life brings joy and pain and takes much energy,
But write I must and here I know, I’m in good company.

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Micheline Murray05/21/10
I love this! When I'm writing the hours just fly-the entire day could literally pass and me not know it!! Dust bunnies and dishes--so what??
Brenda Shipman 05/23/10
Oh so clever and delightful! Wish I had written this!
Rachel Phelps05/24/10
Great job! I've been known to stay up til 3 and get up at 6:30 to go to work... my boss was also wondering why I was stumbling around the office like I hadn't slept. Little did she know...
Noel Mitaxa 05/25/10
So 'write' you are! Humour, honesty, rhythm and rhyming; you've wrapped it up so well.
Margaret Kearley 05/26/10
Excellent! I really enjoyed this. Some great rhymes and lots I can identify with!
Mona Purvis05/26/10
All so true in this easy to read and digest poem. Keep writing.

Ann Grover05/26/10
I enjoyed this... especially the part about the fog. It's so true, that perfect turn of a phrase, the so right word, and a fine plot, GONE, in a twinkling of an eye.
Beth LaBuff 05/26/10
These two lines gave me a big smile, "What reason can I quickly find for my hero’s altercation?" And "I also need a sneaky way to have a villain dead." I enjoyed your fun poem about a writer's life as she tries to balance it with her editor's demands. :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/26/10
Absolutely delightful poem!
AnneRene' Capp 05/26/10
I smiled from start to finish! Found this very entertaining and you definitely nailed the writers sometimes discombobulated life. You have a lot of company with those neglected chores. :)
Susan Montaperto05/26/10
Very clever. I enjoyed your rhyming and jumbled but working writer's life. I understand the dust bunnies completely. Thank you.
Karen Macor05/26/10
Very enjoyable. I could totally relate.