Keep Writing

Some things may pierce you so deeply
that you only start to write about them
years after they’ve passed
and even then
you can feel the malevolent entities and memories
lurking in the depths of your mind
suddenly spring back to life:

We’re still here! Oh, do come back…
yes…that’s it…I can see you
looking at me.

Some things you want to write about
as they are happening
and sometimes do.

Sometimes you write
to digest what you’ve swallowed
maybe you should take smaller bites
maybe not.

Sometimes you write
because it just hits you out of nowhere
and you need a pen
right now (dammit!)
to get this out and out of the way
and it’s always when you’re at work
with the boss looming over your shoulder
or on the road busy behind the wheel
or having great make-up sex.

Keep that thought.
It might not come back
ever.

But the most important thing
is that you are
writing
not because it’s all part of some plan
or because you choose to become a writer
because why would anyone choose that
really
when you could be a rock god, movie star, captain of industry
or any one of the other delusions of grandeur
that are waiting to be plucked
from the tree of narcissistic expectations?

No.
You are writing because you have to
need to
right then and there and
for no other reason but that.

And that is vital
because without it
all of those outside things
will get in the way
and before you know it
the fire’s out.

I have always thought that
writing was the way out of
everything

maybe it is
maybe not
but keep in mind…

I have never come across a situation
where somebody
consistently practices what they love to do
and does not get better at it.

So keep writing.

We all need a place to put our pain:

Oh, do come back…
that’s it…yes!
I can see you
looking at me…

and I’m still here.

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13 thoughts on “Keep Writing

  1. Very inspiring!
    I don’t know if you’ve read this but let me share it anyway.
    A student once asked Bukowski how do you become a writer. He replied you don’t choose writing, writing chooses you.

  2. My comment just got swallowed by the big blogosphere abyss… and I am too tired to try again. But I loved it and it’s amazing!
    I loved this one the best:
    “You are writing because you have to
    need to
    right then and there and
    for no other reason but that.” – that is me! 😀
    And I was laughing because I got caught by my boss many times while writing. Of course it was not work related stuff… but I got away every time (so far)…

    1. I always get caught on facebook but it’s okay as long as I actually work because it looks like everyone’s online all day so much I wonder how they get anything done and then I realize that they’re coordinators and therefore don’t really have anything to do but look busy (fuck them).

  3. =) i can see that your little notepad and pen work perfectly

    And that is vital
    because without it
    all of those outside things
    will get in the way
    and before you know it
    the fire’s out.

    love those lines

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