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Today, more than ever, needs writers who let their ideas run free, to inspire the world. Here is an ode to the writer’s dilemma – to be or not to be free?
One of the top 5 entries for September’s Muse of the Month writing theme, with the cue “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me” taken from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
A writer is a sensitive thing
Thinking up strange scenarios.
Envisions a story
Others don’t see
Inhabiting a world
Whose reality is remembered scents,
Bursts of forgotten music
Wisps of mist.
Of the light
As it shines through a leaf
Berry squelch burst of taste.
Emotions watched and heard
What goes through your head
Before you are beheaded?
Who cleans the sword…does anyone?
Soft ephemeral thoughts
May dance onto a page, pinned there by a pen
Or may forever float
Like motes of dust in a sunbeam
A writer’s mind
Has no space
Other people’s opinions
For my dragonfly wing delicate ideas.
I can either write…and show no one
Or write, as Charlotte Bronte did
Under a pseudonym.
Was her writing so courageous, open and uncensored
Because she veiled who she was?
Is this the way?
In a world where children berate writing mothers
For publicizing emotions and events,
Mothers enjoin adult daughters
Not to touch upon certain topics
The strongest experiences
Crying to be voiced
Does a writer have the energy to confront
Mother, partner, offspring?
Should she ?
Or should the burkha of anonymity
Float down upon her writing
Allowing it to be
Fearless and free?
Anonymous out of a dislike
Of being criticized ?
It’s like a mother giving up her baby
But if you must, you must
It’s better than killing the baby.
Or not writing at all.
Let my writing be free.
Pic credit: mrsdkrebs (Used under a CC license)
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