The Writer's Curse

A precious few possess much less can understand
A servant to all souls who never walked on land
This curse and calling; my own bittersweet blessing
I'm a writing fiend who's honestly confessing

I ignore an amber bottle's promise of sleep
Instead, I sip liquid caffeine from the dirty mug I keep
Family, lovers, and friends shake their heads in dismay
I'm willing to struggle through the drudgery of the next day

My passion for creation is mental liberation
I must succeed and free their stories from imagination
Oblivious to want or need of an escape or cure
If I deliver, they will allow my future rest to endure

Aching fingers won't stop keys from clicking
We ignore the hour and the clock's insistent ticking
This weary monitor must continue faithfully to glow
Until the muse leaves me alone, sleep is the mortal foe

Humbert   Humbert wrote
on 12/3/2009 12:30:48 PM
So the muse have souls and they make pests of themselves? Indeed. And the interesting thing, which you capture very well, is that the muse cross between the real and the imagined. "My passion for creation is mental liberation/ I must succeed and free their stories from imagination" There is something awkward about this couplet, as if I can't decide which comes first: passion of creation or mental liberation. Perhaps it is we who Virginia Woolf had in mind when she wrote: "Illusion is to the soul as atmosphere is to the Earth".

StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 12/1/2009 4:03:36 AM
Great write! You captured the thought of those of us who write and are compelled to do so, sometimes at the strangest moments. Thanks for putting into words what we writers feel!

Highsmyth   Highsmyth wrote
on 11/27/2009 8:33:47 AM
Great poem and nice rhyming! You definitely know how writers feel!

DiamondNDaRuff   DiamondNDaRuff wrote
on 11/23/2009 2:26:12 PM
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who feels this need to get everything write it down. This was a very good piece. Thank you

jlew1973   jlew1973 wrote
on 11/23/2009 12:26:02 AM
I think that's great that not all who write have this urgency, the need to get our stories, poetry "out." But for those of who do, it has nothing to do with getting recognition, or even published. Writing is just so much a part of who I am, that hours slip by unnoticed. I don't get hungry and of course when I'm really inspired by an idea or character, I can't stop to even go to bed tho I know I'll have to get up in a few hours. Some understand that, but most can't fathom it.

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An explanation to well-meaning family and friends who think writing for some of us is "just a hobby."
Published Date
11/21/2009 12:00:00 AM
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The Next Big Writer