June 25, 2014

So you want to be a writer?

So you want to be a writer?

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.

~ Charles Bukowski


Shaifali said...

Oh my God! This is a poem I believe each word of. There are thousands of people who write and publish, and I often wonder how do they churn poem out of poem each day. They to me resemble a factory.

Himanshu...till the very end I thought it's written by you :)

Thanks for sharing. If you don't mind I would like to share it on my social channel. Let me know. I will watch this space for your answer.

Regards, Shaifali

Yayaver said...

Thanks Shaifali for even considering my name as author for few seconds in mistake. You can share whatever you like or dislike on the blog even without quoting me. This is a open source blog of poem :)

Its very hard to write poem from head. Poem comes from the heart. I am a blogger who writes articles and essays. Poems are read and shared to heal, smile, enjoy and even laugh.

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