Pavlovian practice for writers

“You fail only if you stop writing.”   – Ray Bradbury


Pavlovian practice for writers

So out of practice

With the practice

Of daily pages

It would be simpler

To move the mountains

Separating my village and

The Mediterranean


The first three

Clumsily, scribbled pages

Meditation in self-persecution

Words appear in slow motion

Impaired by intracranial cobwebs,

Dust and perhaps atrophy

What is not used…


Week two, still breathing

Ego damage continues

But flagellating ceases

Chocolate covered expresso beans

A placebo or positive reinforcement

Pavlovian conditioning

Am I really ready for this?


Week three, breathing more steadily

Ego still receiving casualties

Cobwebs and dust eliminated

Synapse healing slowly

Positive reinforcement continues

Who doesn’t love chocolate and expresso?

Outlook improving…




Putting pen or keyboard to page…

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”   – Ernest Hemingway


“If you do not breath through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture as no use for it.”   – Anais Nin


“You fail only if you stop writing.”   – Ray Bradbury



Putting pen or keyboard to page…

It isn’t as though

I like to write

Though the pleasure

Of having written

Can be sweet


At times

Writing is

The air and

One cannot stop

Its involuntary flow


At other times

It is the life


Dripping, flowing

From an open wound


There were years

We parted company

One needs a safe place

To put their words

There was none


Even the memory

Lost in harm’s way

Those stories and poems

Long purged from possession

To painful to recall


Today we are united

In France


Words find voice

They write of beauty

And finally of JOY





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