nothing is as effective as defeat
always carry a notebook with you
wherever you go, he said,
and don’t drink too much, drinking dulls
attend readings, note breath pause,
and when you read
underplay, the crowd is smarter than you
and when you write something
don’t send it out right away,
put it in a drawer for two weeks,
then take it out and look
at it, and revise, revise,
REVISE again and again,
tighten lines like bolts holding the span
of a 5 mile bridge,
and keep a notebook by your bed,
you will get thoughts during the night
and these thoughts will vanish and be wasted
unless you notate them.
and don’t drink, any fool can
drink, we are men of letters.
for a guy who couldn’t write at all
he was about like the rest of them: he could sure
Johnny Cash Loves You!