Mariam de Haan

(04 October 1993 / Pemba, Tanzania)

Writing process

It starts with an idea or one line.
One line becomes two lines.
Two lines become a stanza
The heart beat quickens

It's 4 am, it's too early for this.
But the mind keeps replaying the stanza
Write me, write me, write me!
Sleep disappears.
Pen to paper, pen to paper!
Why don't I have any good pens?
Is this pen brown or black?
Whatever, just write it.

Okay, first stanza done
Read it!
Read it again.
How do I continue?
Hah, of course but does that fit?

Wait, do I want this to rhyme?
Is it more effective if it rhymes?
What rhymes with heart?
Art, smart, fart
Haha fart.
Is it a beating, pounding or heaving heart?
Heaving makes alliteration
Is there such a thing as a heaving heart?
Beating sounds human
But pounding makes it loud.

Maybe I should just leave this for tomorrow?
But then I won't be able to sleep.
Write it!

Ugh, I don't like that
Draw a line through.
Wait, I changed my mind, I like it!
Ignore the line.
That should be a new stanza.
Connect those two lines.
Now it looks so messy
So many arrows and mistakes.

Where is this even going?
Oh, epic finish
Okay done, read it again.
I am getting tired of hearing my voice.
My neighbours are tired of hearing my voice.
Can they hear my voice?

What should I put as a title?
Don't put anything lame like love.
Put something creative
That title makes no sense.
Put the general idea,
Don't forget the date.
And another poem finished.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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