Surviving The Dream

I hate the business of writing

the commerce of word craft

the tedium of publishing

the deadlines imposed


I hate the word count

the editing and proofing

the book signing travel

and agents exposed


I hate the promotion

each workshop and fair

the reviews and the podcasts

the bookstores that sell


But I love the writing

when the words come together

releasing my spirit

—my fortune to tell


(The New Room: January, 2022)


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