Ode to Not Writing

on April 27, 2014 in Misc

Here is yet another one of my lousy, terrible, not very literary poems.  Please enjoy it anyway.


I do not want to write today

I want to go outside and play

Just get my laptop, shut it down,

And then go wild and paint the town.

1950 beach
Throw a softball, join a band,

Build a castle in the sand,

Have a swim and sexy dance,

Go to clubs in leather pants.


I’m tired of the editing,

The plotting and the querying,

The character developments,

and literary elements.


It simply hurts to humbly grovel

With publishers to take my novel,

And spend my weekends writing tales

As if pursuing holy grails.


I want to rest! I want some fun!

To spend my days out in the the sun!

But in the end, by hook or crook,

I’ll still find time to write my book.


The End

12 Responses to “Ode to Not Writing”

  1. Just have to find a way to do both!

  2. FWIW, I like your poem. It expresses so much of what it means to be a writer.

  3. I tire of the writing journey. Stuck at my laptop when the beautiful world calls to me. And for what? More rejection? Arrrgh! :-)

  4. Very good! Love it. I need to read that in the warm summer months, when I’m supposed to be outside rather than inside with my laptop.

  5. Helena says:

    Alex – You balance both fun and writing so well! And I really have no idea how you do it.

  6. Helena says:

    Michael – We writers really don’t live natural lives, sometimes.

  7. Helena says:

    Roland – If it weren’t for the publishing end of things, writing could actually be kinda fun for me, and definitely fulfilling. But oh yes, how those rejections sting!

  8. Helena says:

    Stephanie – And after this long, cold winter, I want to be outside all summer long. But between my job and writing and other stuff, that won’t happen!

  9. ann says:

    fun poem… time to schedule some play time..

  10. Helena says:

    Ann — Next time you’re in town, we can go have so fun together maybe?

  11. Try writing in leather pants. Your poem made me smile, Helena. I’m getting tired of my revisions but will press on. Hope to have this manuscript query-ready by summer. May the 4th be with you!

  12. Helena says:

    Milo — Seriously, I just bought a couple weeks ago my first ever leather pants, or at least a combination leather/fabric pants.

    May the 4th be with you too as you polish your manuscript, Milo. But with your track record of publishing success, I’m sure you’ll meet your deadline.