The Next Take
You sat there in the dark, collecting dust
For days upon days
As you laid on a bed of pens and
Scissors with a bent handle.
I let you out
For a short visit here and there,
Undoing your jacket of dust
With a flutter, and a frown on my part.
Tick, tick, said the messenger, and then
Tick again, until my
Inked wing found a stable place for you.
It was then you received a tighter vest, and
A few more buttons before
You took to the sky while I watched
From where I crouched on the muddy ground.
May your next take be amazing.
©2017 Christy Birmingham
What Inspired the Poem?
The inspiration for this poem comes from a blog post I read about the backstory of the novel Course of Mirrors, including how the manuscript took several years to complete. My mind started to think of my own manuscript and the idea of half-written pages sitting in a drawer collecting dust.
Then, I read Teagan Geneviene’s A Bucket-full of Leftovers post about her wanting to complete her novels and release them. Wow, I thought, I really want to finish my book! Teagan’s motivation is amazing. I encourage you to read both of those blog entries.
Aha, now you know how this poem “The Next Take” came to be, as I visualized the unfinished manuscript for my third book in a human-like form. The words are alive in my head now, and I plan to pay attention to them.
Did you know that “The Next Take” poem was about a physical manuscript? Are you working on a writing project right now? If so, what is it about?