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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: The Pain of Letting Go
By Eva Piscitell
07/31/07


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How sad I am whenever I find
The article that I have penned
Is not 750 words or less
But more like one thousand and ten!

Since each word holds a special part
Within this sappy writer's heart,
The thought of editing one word
Can turn my whole world inside out.

And sadder still as I begin
To read it through and through again,
And pull from it some part of me
With each and every word I skim.

Go now, my child, sweet adjective
Sweet as you are, you can't survive;
But I have saved you for that time
When your sweet life I will revive!

And when I can not cut one more,
WORD COUNT tells me I must cut four!
And though it cuts me to the coreó
Two more words hit the cutting floor.

Although I loved that precious phrase,
My article it shall not grace;
I feel the pain of letting go,
As I erase it from its place.

The countdown now at seven-o-one,
This editing has not been fun,
But reading through it one last time
I now believe my work is done.

And once again within the limit,
Having had to trim and trim it,
I send it off to meet the Challenge
Wondering if this time we'll win it.

But win or lose, I realize
It's really not about the prize;
It's all about my letting go
So something new can materialize.

I've felt the pain of letting go
Now there is one more thing I know;
That had I left it as it was
Neither it or I would ever grow.


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Author Unknown08/03/07
:D loved this! isn't that exactly how it is! I like the form, too. don't know who said it but some writer out there said that when you write, sometimes you have to kill your babies, these carefully turned phrases that you labored over-- and yet, you have to slay them. I liked it :) I might print it out just for me!
Dana Hubbard08/03/07
I am so right there with you on this! I cringe every single time I come to the editing portion of thing I write for the challenge because I know it's slice and dice time. Great angle! It's sad and yet still made me chuckle!
Marilyn Schnepp 08/04/07
Absolutely fantastico! - and So True! Phrases I hate to throw out, special words I want in...wow! Great job of "saying it like it is" PLUS in great poetic rhyme to boot!! Kudos, my unknown friend, Kudos!
Brenda Welc08/04/07
I hear ya! So sad to loose those precious words that seem to be so vital to the piece we are working on. Nicely done.
Seema Bagai 08/04/07
Wonderful poem. Every writer can relate to this pain.