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Inside First Draft

Updated on November 19, 2014

A mournful autumn eats me like a mustard seed

forgotten cat tossed in a spit of frozen smoke

makes up her mind through rough cuts and blind alleys.


Cycle me out every draft, even in your mind

I’m just a muse, a wild-haired passing

glance to satisfy one that will replace me.


But I am more than an outline in search

for paper meeting ink, silverfish that skitters

on wood pulp within a spiral bound notepad ring


with stars of fame and Saturn’s secret. I am

the chewed out portion of crisscrossing red ink

where the slopes angle down to her denouement


last finishing touches bad-mouths my rivals

as vital progression to razor embracing skin

opium lighting the censored twigs while

I make love to your religion.


Without me

where would you be?

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    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was creatively wonderful. Enjoyed.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, amazing writing here!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      Nice! I loved how you personified the process of writing. I think this is one of my favorite pieces you have written. Voted up awesome!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Very creative and a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great piece, Albert. Very creative.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this is deep and filled with allusions. A real thinker!