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  • April 20th, 2011 | 11:05 PM
Poem a Day #20

Looking for directions to get out of my own way.

Poem a Day #20

I think too much.

Instead of
letting words spill
across the page
letting words fall
out of order
letting words run
their own races
I think too much
and the ink
in my brain pen
dries up.

I want to channel my inner
Annie Lamott
and write those
crappy first drafts,
the kind where you can mix your tenses like a tossed salad
and place those damn modifiers anywhere you want
but I think too much
and my fingers freeze
like an old woman with arthritis
and the trapped words
grow like barnacles beneath my skin.

I wonder
if I am trying to protect myself
from the world
or maybe it is the world
that needs protecting
from all I might say
if only I wouldn't think
so damn much.

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown.  All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 9 comments — Leave comment )
April 21st, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. Susan, I love this so much. You have such a gift and your words speak to me. So I guess what I'm saying is it's fine by me that you think so damn much.
April 21st, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Tracy. Love you for your supportive words that always come in when I need them.
April 21st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I've got your back.
April 22nd, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy.
April 21st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I love this! Especially this line - "I think too much and the ink in my brain pen dries up"
April 21st, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I thought that was a fun line too!
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April 25th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn. This was one of those few that flowed out easily and I stopped myself from wrecking it by overplaying. :)
April 27th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
This month of a-poem-a-day has made me "get over it and get it down."

That image of your words frozen in your hands like knobby arthritis...well, another reason I don't want my maternal inheritance!
April 28th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Yes, I am trying for the just do it attitude but it is really hard, mostly because I think too much!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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