That One Little Word

Written By David E. Young , 2002
That one little word
To start it all off;
You have a blank page
That seems to just scoff.

"It's simple," you say
While holding your pen.
Ideas run through
Your head like a hen.

Oh, the grand things
That you plan to write,
But which one to use?
Thus begins your plight.

You don't want to write
Just 'mediocre'.
You want to inspire;
Create new fervor!

You stare at the page,
Your pen at the ready,
Until there's no time
To write something steady.

You think, "Tomorrow,
I'll have some more time,
And something will happen
To inspire my rhyme."

And tomorrow again,
And the day after,
A week and a month
Stretched to forever!

The first time you sit
With that blank page,
You should put into writing
A word on that page.

How 'bout just, "blank",
Which goes well with, "bank"?
Suddenly a bank
May be crushed by a tank!

A story emerged
Without inspiration,
But for one word
Once it was written.

The secret of writing
Is not great ideas.
It's writing that word
That leads to ideas.

Those then expand
Into other thoughts
And more things to write,
'til you're lost in ink blots!

No great writer
Ever wrote well
By saying, "Tomorrow
My pen will do well."

All have their doubts
All can do better
None is 'just right'
In his mind's fester.

The difference between
A writer and dreamer
Is one simple thing
With an easy cure:

A writer will write;
Whereas with a dreamer,
Those wonderful dreams
Will be lost forever.

So take that first step,
If you wish to write!
Write that first word!
Let your pen take flight!

Don't think it all out
And plan it just right.
Let the pen do the work
And thus, end your fright.

Write down a word;
Just one little word.
See where it goes,
And you will be heard!
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