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They Flow

October 29, 2011
By Inkmusic GOLD, Renton, Washington
Inkmusic GOLD, Renton, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
~Terry Pratchett

I come home

Throw my backpack down

I sit at my desk

Take a deep breath

Pick up a pencil

And begin to write.

All the ideas from today,

All the people I’ve met,

All the things I have read

Are yelling at me,


Inside my head.

They need to get out.

As the graphite crumbles onto the paper,

My ideas are released

Like air escaping from a balloon.

The tension is let out of my body

My shoulders relax

My pencil flows,

As if I am painting a masterpiece.


I write,

I met a dark man who told me he was in love…


They all ask.

Why do you write?

If I don’t,

I say,

The ideas inside me die.

Until I’m left with just the cold wind blowing

Inside my heart.

The author's comments:
I wrote this for the "Why I Write" festival for

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