REVISION: a poem

I created a thing, so precious and pure,

but the tick of my heart was a little unsure.

As I prepared to present it for others to see,

something kept trembling and shaking in me.

Would they understand it? Would it be approved?

Would they hug me and tell me how deeply they’re moved?

But the thought that they’d answer with only a frown

created a quake and it all tumbled down.

Down to the ground and I fell by its side,

but as it came crashing, it broke open wide.

And inside these pieces were parts new to me.

And it just took a tumble for them to shake free.

Now I’m rebuilding, and lo and behold

I’ve created a new thing, bodacious and bold.


Craft: Muse vs Momentum

Muse is like the alluring but allusive friend who shows up when they want and they don’t care when you need them or how you need them. They love to surprise you but will disappear if you’re not paying attention. So what then? Do you wait by the window with your eyes peeled and thumbs twiddling? NO!

Let me introduce you to my friend Momentum.  Momentum is way more reliable. Not always as enticing as Muse, but will be there to keep you moving and working and busy and believe it or not is a way better friend in the long run because they help you to get better. They are like a trainer who shows up on time every morning to work your muscles and keep you fit just in time for that allusive and alluring friend Muse to show up.

Here is my point. Don’t wait for that lightning bolt of an idea to come to you. Just write. Write all different kinds of stories. Write crappy first drafts. Just write. So when that wonderful idea does come your way, you will be in great shape to write it and take it all the way.




Persistence is our strongest tool! Many obstacles, both internal and external will try to thwart you – but you must press on, push forward, persist!

When my fear gets in my way and tries to drag me down, I get right into action. I work on a ms, I revise, I work on new poetry, I edit a colleague’s piece, I network on social media, etc. I do anything, big or small, that persists towards my goal.