I am not sure whether this is a cento or a found poem. I saw something crazy about lasagna on Pinterest and decided that my writer’s block merited strong measures and immediately stole it. Astute readers will also recognize lines from Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, and Patrick McDonnell’s cartoon Mutts.
Writers are desperate people, just the way we want
Them to grace the cover of Life Magazine: somewhere
Between torture and fun and blasting it out
With charges that will rock your readers’ world.
Ten rules fit women use to stay fit. One: Exercise
Hypergraphia, an overwhelming urge to write,
To truly rest up, to stop in at my favorite place
For drinks and comfort food that leaves me
Impressed without fail, in gender reversals
We need in our stories, a great example of why
This is absolutely true, in a slightly more mystical light.
I think it’s fairly common for writers to be afflicted
With two simultaneous yet contradictory delusions:
I can always live by my pen, until not writing
Makes you anxious. It’s the one and only thing
You have to offer. Well, that and nineteen lasagna recipes
That will change your life: so flavorful, everyone’s bound
To have seconds. Now, I’ll be unstoppable. Yahoo!
Yippee! Woo! Woo! To keep a love story from being
Boring, you need, when asked about romantic chemistry
On the show, to write about the things you wish
You had the courage to say. Only death can stop it.