HOW TO WRITE POETRY
How many times do you have to hear it said?
Creativity is about willingness to fail.
You don’t wait on the Great American Novel
And its not all or nothing.
It’s getting it down
And getting it out.
Sit down and tell your inner critic
That guy in the front part of your brain
To shut his trap
Now let that other animal dance and scream
Hear the music
It gets louder as you go
Just cut loose
Like some jazz saxophone
Just play and let your body move
Just blow, high and low
You know what The Beats did
Typed a hundred words a minute
Think they ever regretted it?
Not every day is a grand slam
But when you put the ball in play
Good things happen
You were meant to do this
It’s what makes time stand still
Someday you might look back on this day’s poem
And remember that rush of blood to the brain.
You’ll say “Did I do that, man? Did I do that?”
Swing the bat, man.
Swing the bat.