The Seeker

A Meta-Cognitive Journal About Writing… Plus Other Stuff

History Lesson

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So writing sucks lately.  It happens, though not usually to me during the summer.  What do you do?  Sulk.  Pout.  Stomp your feet.  Those don’t necessarily help, but you can do them.  You can also read some stuff and think about it.  Or exercise.  That always helps.  Watch some movies and think about them.  The Young Adult author S.A. Bodeen visited my Creative Writing class last spring and delivered unto us some of the frank realities of writing.  Not just that it’s hard AF most of the time, but that it is essentially frustrating.  If you can’t deal with that, you prolly can’t write.  If you aren’t experiencing it, then you prolly aren’t writing very well.  In other words, once you start writing and work on becoming a writer, you’re fucked.  Suck it up and deal with it.  Fortunately, I’m also a teacher, and most people know that there is very little frustration in teaching.  So at least I have an out there.

Still, sometimes shit happens.  Sometimes you’re on your writing date and something happens directly outside the window of the restaurant where you’re working on your words that day, and you’re paying attention and you write down some of what you saw.  And then you revisit it and see what comes up.  That happened a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to post it here so at least I feel like I’m doing something.

History Lesson

the black girl is standing back
while her white friends
giggle and shriek
running their hands
over a dog’s shiny brown coat

his tongue is lolling out
the corner of his mouth
tail thwacking each leg
in the small crowd

he’s really nice
the owner tells her
it’s okay, I used to be
scared of dogs, too

used to be Bloodhounds
howled as they closed in
German Shepherds snarled
as they ripped flesh

the black girl is trembling
here on this sidewalk
a generational imprint
from this great nation
this is a gut punch




Written by seeker70

July 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

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