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So You Want To Write

Let's start big, let's see...
now imagine you're the universe...
how would a nebula explosion feel to you?

Go on - you can go there!
But someone's been there before you.

There's nothing new for you to say.
Sorry about that. But if you still want to write
it'll feel like: setting off for a remote place
by the sea, or half-way up a mountain,
where all the people go to get away from each other.

If you still want to write (and only do it
if you really, really must) have a folder
ready to file your poems neatly away
and never read them aloud in a monotonous drone
or in a sing-song, up-down voice. Spare me that.

Have I put you off? That's right,
I want to put you off -
I can't stand competition.

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