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Writer's Block

by James Shields


Writer's Block

I thought I’d jot some thoughts

of gold in a rainbow crock

that for so long we’ve all sought

but for that cursed writers’ block

I decided to try a poem

about the trees and hills and clouds

and birds and sheep and antelope

but I couldn’t make it scan

I changed it to an epic

with heroes and armies and majick

but couldn’t find an ending

it was all so very tragic

I stretched it and folded it

rewrote and retold it

added twists and subplots

and ended up with a ten-volume best-selling fantasy series.

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