Writing and Poetry

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Alright, so this weekend turned out far different than I had intended and it totally screwed up my whole process.
Originally I had planned to go on a trip with my friend for his geography class up into the mountains. So I purposefully planned the week so that I wouldn’t have to worry about having Chapter Four ready to post, since I wouldn’t even be home to write it and would have no access to a computer for typing (I rarely write freehand because it takes way too long for me to write and sometimes the stuff going through my head just goes by way too fast for my poor hands to scribble down…so computers are just better). Well, that trip got canceled because my friend decided he wasn’t going to go. I didn’t find this out until Wednesday, which was a concert day so I had no way to even sit down and try to cram out a significant chunk of Chapter Four anyway. I have class and work M-Th, so usually my writing gets done on Fridays and Saturdays and I do final edits on Sundays whenever it is post time. So, basically my whole plan was screwed because I usually have 4 days worth of actual writing and then an edit day, and that had suddenly become 2 days. Essentially, Chapter Four is going up next weekend as I had stated, but regardless, it has become a constant irritation to have plans made and then canceled knowing that I could have had other things planned instead.
I do have good news though. Chapter Four is going to be really cool. I’m loving some of the things that I’ve done in it so much.

Now on to poetry. I figure I might as well give you all something to view while you wait an additional week for the next installment. I’ve been doing a lot of poetry writing (I’ve always done it but there’s been a big spurt because my girlfriend broke up with me and it gave me something strong to write about).
I’ve also grown quite fond of My Chemical Romance, a punk-pop band that is just really good. So, I’ve started writing songs, I guess that is what you would call them anyway. I’d love to start up a punk-pop band. I love the style, and MCR is just really entertaining and fun. So, I’ll post something I wrote today that I’ve not exactly finished. Hopefully you like it. I would appreciate any constructive criticism on it. I’m not a song writer by nature, so this is really my first attempt at it.

Lay down little world,
it’s time for bed.
All those around you,
are bleeding and dead.
Come on little world,
the night has come,
and where you turn your back,
descend into black,
I follow you down.
.
Lay down, lay down.
I want to show you all the scars around,
the trenches dug about,
the battles screaming out,
the dead rising from graves above the ground.
.
Lay down,
and ignore.
The world you know is gone,
blasted to the floor.
Come on little world,
wake up once again,
rise up from the ashes my friend,
and follow me down.
.
Lay down, lay down.
I want to show you all the scars around.
the trenches dug about,
the battles screaming out,
the dead rising from graves above the ground.
I said lay down,
and accept your fate.
It’s not too late, too late.
The mother’s crying now,
wondering why and how,
the flags of our fathers draped over the gate.
.
Lay down. Lay down.
Lay down. Lay down.
.
.

Alright, so that’s what I have for it. I am contemplating adding a bridge and one more run through the chorus, but maybe it is good just the way it is. I dunno. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Even guess what it’s about šŸ˜›

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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