Thursday, July 8, 2010

when the muse writes with your pen

If I said I agreed with this poem, I would be out of business. So I am not telling but I cant not share it either.

So do you want to be a writer?
by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.


Banno said...

why would you be out of work? as far as i can understand and sense, you write because you must.

Anonymous said...

oh! what a poem. Simply truthful and crafty style. :)

grasshopper said...

banno, darling,
i was thinking of my creative writing workshops, in which i say unto them,

write to please your parent, write to get attention from an estranged lover,
write to vent out at god, write to become famous but dammit, write,

it will free you, it will empty you, it will give you wings to fly high in the sky....

write bullshit, write crap, write till you empty your bowels, don't tolerate constipation,

write for health, write for wealth, write till you no longer doubt what you are: a pen in the hands of the muse.

don't bother about finding your voice, it ain't yours anyway, don't bother about signatures and copyrights, for its simply 26 letters jumbled and unjumbled.

write with your heart beat, write with your blood, pound yourself on the keyboard, kahani karo khatam.

etc etc.