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"You Have My Permission to Write," poetry of encouragement for all new writers in a workshop setting

Updated on September 18, 2013

You Have My Permission to Write

You have my permission to write
a poem whenever you might
have something that you want to say
and can say in no other way.

When your inspiration’s on fire
your pencil in hand will not tire
while your heart continues to pour
compelling and fresh metaphor.

“Okay! But to whom should I write?
How can I be sure it’s all right?!
Most people don’t care what I say;
to them, it’s just meaningless play!”

But that’s just the point, don’t you see?
You never know who will agree.
Creativeness means, “You create!”
Your passionate Muse cannot wait.

With fresh poetry, you’re in charge
if you can enlarge world-at-large
with words and connections it needs,
as stumbling ahead, it proceeds.

The stories you write do the same
when life’s toughest tigers you tame
by sharing your knowledge and bliss
in telling how that led to this.

So write, if you can; it’s your choice
to welcome or muzzle your voice,
but don’t let yourself be a clod;
you were made in the image of God.


Copyright © June 2011 by The Max Havlick School, 16 W. Vermont St., Villa Park, IL 60181-1938, all rights reserved.

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    • ocfireflies profile image

      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are so welcome, Sir Max,

      dis-STING-gwished PO-ET

      from Ill-LIH-no-E.

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      Max Havlick 4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      I thank you, Lady Kim,

      dis-STING-gwished POE-eh-TESS

      from NORTH Care-OH-line-NUH.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes to create a poem or two

      can bring catharsis

      even if it's just for you

      so I say to all the poets

      who come and go

      remember to keep

      that which lights your fuse

      today, tomorrow

      or in some future part

      for when those words

      bring with them meaning and soul

      never throw them away


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      Max Havlick 6 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Thank you, Jax, I appreciate that it means something to you. Go, thou, and do likewise!

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      jax1911 6 years ago from Iowa

      Love it Max! Excellent! I can feel it!

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      Max Havlick 6 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Thank you, JT, for your special nice comment. It's nice to have the work appreciated and respected so highly, evoking such emotion even from a scientist! Max

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida


      This is A great poem and very moving especially for the novice poet. And it has so much wit and charm, I absolutely adore it.