Saturday, 5 May 2012

"Reasons in Rhyme" - Teens Can Write Too! Blog Chain, May 2012

Teens Can Write, Too! are back again with another fantastic blog chain! I apologise profusely for not posting this up sooner - my explanation would be very longwinded, though key points of it involve murderous textbooks, a small green rucksack, morning breath and an attempted murder with a pointy implement. Not quite in that order.
Anyway, apologies aside, let us crack on with this month's question:
"Why Do You Write?"
Would you promise not to laugh,
If I told you right and true
That the reason for my scribbling
Was to bring some joy to you?
If I mentioned my delight
And my satisfaction's glow,
And how making people happy
Really does delight me so?

Or what about the itching,
Somewhere deep inside my brain,
Of the little tiny voices driving
Me halfway insane?
Of the characters who haunt me,
How they whine and plot and scoff.
How they will not even leave me
Even when I kill them off!

I might also mention pushing,
Ideas roundabout
Of seeing how new concepts
Filter in and flatten out.
Hide the message in the bottle,
Let it float among the ink
Of my stories, and then listening
To what the readers think.

Of course there's plenty more,
Simple reasons to be told,
Some are hardly worth a nickel,
Others are my hidden gold.
But overall, beside them all,
A feeling that I should,
Be writing for the joy of it,
For ink is in my blood!

Can't get enough? Why not check out the other additions to the blog chain, by writers many, varied, and epic!

May 5––The Leaning Tower of Plot
May 6––Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish
May 7––Cassidy Marie Rizzo
May 8––This Page Intentionally Left Blank
May 9––You Didn’t Really Need To Know This…
May 11––The Word Asylum
May 12––Lily’s Notes In The Margins
May 13––The Zebra Clan
May 14––Tangential Bemusings
May 15––Reality Is Imaginary
May 16––Dragons, Unicorns And Other Random Things
May 17––The Lonely Recluse
May 18––A Farewell To Sanity
May 19––The Incessant Droning Of A Bored Writer
May 20––All I Need Is A Keyboard
May 21––Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)


    This was such an adorable post. You're very good at putting words together.

    1. Aww, thank you! I'm glad you liked it :)

  2. Ha! Interesting, different approach--love it!

    1. Thank you! I thought it would be fun to try it out :)

  3. That poem was fantastic, Charley, I love it! So light and fun. And you're very good at writing poetry; you've got the rhythm down pat. :) Fabulous job!

  4. Great poem! I love your different approach to the blog chain.

    1. I'm glad you liked it! I had lots of fun doing it :)

  5. I'm not going to say that I loved this. I'm sorry, but I won't. For me, this is rubbish. It's useless. I cannot read poetry. It's almost impossible for me to read poetry. I have no idea what you just said, and I don't think I really need to know, judging from one of the only lines I absorbed: "For ink is in my blood!" You realize how stupid it is to say that, right? As far as I could tell, you didn't answer the question.

    I apologize for speaking the truth, but it's the truth. I hope I didn't offend. I was just being frank (which is rather useless since my name isn't Frank, and probably will never be Frank).

    1. *shrugs* Fair dos to you - I don't mind. Your opinion is your opinion :)

    2. Charley, this is why I moderate all comments on my own blog. :)

    3. Neh, it's just his opinion, I really don't mind. Everybody thinks different things on matters like this. Thanks for your thoughts though :)

    4. Annika:
      I apologize for sounding angry at our mutual friend. The truth is, I was more angry with myself at not being able to read that poem. It wasn't Charley's fault in the slightest, and though it seems I released my wrath upon her, I wasn't trying to make that impression. Apologies, and praise for Charley's creativity. I only wish my lesser mind could understand it more often.
      Liam, Head Phil

    5. Don't worry - poetry's not for everyone, and on occasion mine is probably awful enough to deserve that sort of rant anyway. I shall warn you of the presence of poetry in future to spare you the frustrations :)

    6. Don't worry your crazed little head about it. I'll keep my thoughts to myself, since it's my own disability (of sorts). I'll work on it.

      You're sure you don't know Chris D'Lacey? Never heard of him around Miriam Joy?

    7. Urf, I've never heard of him. Le Mim might :P

    8. It's okay, Liam! I was a little annoyed at first, but then I visited your blog and liked it, so I found it hard to hold onto my hard feelings, haha. Friends? :)

      P.S. Sorry for such a late reply- I don't know where you live, but I'm American and I simply forgot about this as well.

    9. Charley: Go talk to Miriam Joy.

      Annika: Friends. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Oh, this is cool. Nice approach!

    "For ink is in my blood" Love it!

  7. ^^This poem is basically my life story. Seriously.

    Great job, Charley! Your poetry is amazing, and it's just as frank, well written and humorous as the rest of your writing. I take my hat off to you, madam. :D

  8. Pfft, ignore Liam, he does that. I think you did answer the question.