Saturday, June 21, 2014

On Writing Stinkers and Gems ...

A Real Stinker ...

Stinkers and Gems

Sometimes, I write a real stinker ...
sometimes, I write a nice gem.
More often than not, it’s a mixture of both
that somehow escapes through my pen.

I know what to do with the good ones,
& the stinkers will all crash and burn,
but what do I do with the ones that are both?
It's something that I can’t discern ...

Right now they all go in drawers,
(male and female, they must multiply),
when I open the drawers, it seems there are more
than I recall putting inside.

I hope there’s a poetry warehouse.
If there is, I must go there some day,
for I’ve run out of drawers & some smell pretty bad,
yet they’re too good to just throw away ...

[from "Anatomy of a Poet", by CJ Heck]
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"A writer soon learns that easy to read is hard to write." ~CJ Heck


Unknown said...

Lol. Know the feeling :-)

Unknown said...

Your poem certainly captured the plight of many writers. We are so enraptured with the new thoughts tiptoeing through our minds that we oft times forget the stash of gems (or stinkers) - once our prized writings - which perhaps just need to be perfected.

CJ Heck said...

It's nice to know other writers can relate! Thank you, Iris!