Susan Sparks

(July 8,1957 / Fort Leavenworth, Kansas)

Hey dude


(with apologies to The Beatles)


Hey dude, it's not so bad
take some good songs and make them better
remember to let Mother Mary
into your heart
speaking consonants of wisdom
Letter B; Letter C
Letter B; Letter C

When I find myself in times
of writer's block
and literary misery
Mother Mary she
comes to me
whispering vowels of wisdom-
Letter E; Letter E

Hey dude, don't be afraid
to go out and dissect her
The second you letter dangle under your skin
then you begin to form a letter.

Letter B; Letter C
Letter E & Letter S
There's no need to fret
Under undue literary duress.

And any time you feel brain drain, hey dude-
write a refrain
Listen to the music
in your pyche-delic brain.

Hey dude! Write it down
No need to be a'frettin'
It's in there
Just go in and get it
Just listen and hear it's sound.

And when the broken-headed writers
open up their minds and free
themselves of mental barriers
soon there'll be a spelling spree.

So let it out and let it in,
hey dude begin
What-in-the-hell are you waiting for?
Let your imagination run wild and free-
Letter B; Letter C

And when the night is cloudy
And you're feeling empty-headed and depressed
reach up and grab a letter,
a vowel &/or a consonant.

Soon the barriers of your mind will open up
You'll drown in adjectives
Too many verbs?
That's just absurd!

Spring forth and grab a noun
Write 'er down
You'll go to town
and soon...
you'll grovel
in your novel.

Hey dude, it's not so bad
Take some good songs and make them better
Remember to let Mother Mary
into your heart
speaking consonants of wisdom.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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