Just Write

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Just write!
Make that cursor stop blinking
Or put pen to paper
It doesn’t have to be beautiful
It doesn’t have to be profound
It doesn’t have to change the world
It will probably not be published, purchased or bound.

Just write…
You have sat here long enough
You keep staring out memory’s window
Waiting for inspiration to come
You might have missed her
A couple of Whiskeys ago
She’s an elusive bitch
And you’re a sloppy drunk
This courtship is starting to look
A lot like your broken home
The childhood you can’t escape
Or the marriage that fell apart
You choose

Goddammit Just Write!
You’re going to blow your longest running relationship
Due to lack of care
All you have to do is show up
All you have to do is be there
Remember when you first started?
The catharsis? The rush?
Remember when words were enough?
Remember when pouring your heart out on paper
Meant the world:
Broken prayers for that broken home
And a broken high school girl
Mead composition notebooks,
Stacks, and stacks
That closet with piles
Filled to the back
At first it was just an outlet,
A way of dreaming of a life that wasn’t shit,
But with each heartache and new page
The pain became a gift

Just write! Just write!
You’ve wasted most of this night
It doesn’t have to be poetry
It doesn’t have to be prose
You just have to get back to that place
That only you can go,
That garden
Only you can grow
That midnight, Starry Sky
That only you know
No Van gogh, no Picasso
No Marshall with syllables
No Robert Burns with the similes
And when it’s all over
This world won’t remember me

But just write! Just write! Just write!
There’s nothing you have to be
You can’t open eyes or make people see
But make no mistake
The gift you’ve neglected
Can tap dance on water
And see lives resurrected

Just write…
There are dots to connect,
before the reaper collects
There are so many stories to tell
And so few innocent to protect,
You have a voice to project
A craft to prefect,
There is beauty in every tiny defect
But you have to inspect
You have to reject
Every voice that’s crept in and kept
You….

from writing

So just write
It doesn’t have to be beautiful
It doesn’t have to be profound
It doesn’t have to change the world
It will probably not be published, purchased or bound
Just write before you’ve lost
The only true love you’ve found

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