Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Quill and ink



Quill and ink (Writer’s block)

If your drive to be creative
Won’t get past second gear
And your need to be inventive
Lacks a new idea
Turn off your word processer
And think about Shakespeare
All he had was his quill and ink
For his entire career

People say well never see
Another Stratford Bard
And To be or not to be
Many still regard
As Shakespeare’s magnum opus
His genius trump card
And all he had was his quill and ink
To go that extra yard

He wrote a piece on suicide
Along with the suggestion
That life’s not an easy ride
And death requires reflection
How many drafts rewritten 
Before he reached perfection
Did he get tired of his quill and ink?
That is indeed the question

You might spend a fruitless hour
Staring at a screen
Feeling it’s beyond your power
To write down what you mean
But if you feel despondent
Think how it must have been
For Shakespeare with his quill and ink
Struggling with a scene 

If your imagination
Feels like a dead end street
And writing bears relation
To a dead horse being beat
Think of Shakespeare striving
As you press delete
Putting down his quill and ink
And tearing up a sheet

If a phase of writer’s block
Is making you depressed
And you’re churning out a crock
And getting more obsessed
Not knowing when to quit things
You’ll never be your best
Even he with his quill and ink
Sometimes had to rest

If your drive to be creative
Won’t get past second gear
And your need to be inventive
Lacks a new idea
Turn off your word processer
And think about Shakespeare
All he had was his quill and ink
For his entire career

If you want to be successful
And shine amongst your peers
But what you write looks dreadful
Compared against Shakespeare’s
Turn off your word processer
It can only end in tears
They’ve marvelled at his quill and ink
For the last four hundred years

But we all get frustrated
No doubt he struggled too
And he must have felt elated
The way most people do
When they finally achieve
Whatever goal’s in view
Even he with his quill and ink
Was human just like you







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