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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)

TITLE: within me lurks an editor
By Jim McWhinnie
06/01/10


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Within me lurks an editor,
a snarling, sneering ghost,
who fights a cruel and savage relentless war,
and knows what wounds me most.

He casts his doubts, his judgments cold,
upon the words my pen does write,
he lashes out with scathing scold,
he blows out the candle’s light.

I shout, “Leave me be, torment me not,
why do you curse me so?
You snatch the words that I have wrought,
and dam the river’s flow.”

“That’s not right and that’s not good,”
this Judas voice does warn,
Yet I press on, I know I should,
I must overcome his scorn.

I pray to God, “Call forth Your Voice,
cast out this demon fear!
Your Spirit’s peace, that is my choice,
to have You close and near.”

So I write on and on and on,
and will fill these mortal days,
with stories of the come on gone,
and of the beauty of His ways.


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Karen Pourbabaee 06/04/10
So full of truth...excellent poem.
Caitlyn Meissner06/05/10
That sounded a lot like me. I'm one of those perfectionist writers, too, who always has a voice telling them "that's not good." I enjoyed reading this article.
Brenda Shipman06/06/10
Love the title! Seems like we writers often struggle with being either too tough on ourselves (that ruthless editor you describe), or having grandiose ideas that our work is "epic"! Glad you chose not to listen to that "Judas voice" when you wrote this great piece. :)
Colin Swann06/10/10
Your rymes are always full of substance and and meaning. Very unique! Thanks.
Rachel Phelps06/13/10
Wonderful poem. Great rhythm and such a true message.
Ruth Stromquist06/14/10
A nice portrayal of the inner editor that can be so overly harsh and critical, and the winning of the battle. Enjoyed this.