Friday, June 01, 2007

My Odyssey

Sing, O muse, of that mystery writer who traveled far and wide
before he wrote his books. Many cities did he visit,
and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted;
moreover he suffered much by what he foolishly ate at street market stalls
and his inability to read maps printed in Farsi; And sing, too, of his rereading,
of The Iliad and The Odyssey, rich with plot points to plunder and heroes to mimic. Tell me about all these things, O daughter of Jove, from whatsoever source you may know them.

Those who know him call him Charles, but if he is called by other names,
such as buddy, mister or Hey You he, too, will answer. Each night he toils at his craft,
punching in words, one stinking letter at a time, deleting half of all he writes
long before it is saved, the other half sliced apart with a bloody red pen.
Exhausted by his labors, he rests, reading from blind Homer, knowing that every tale
has been told ten fold times before, and that if he must steal – and steal he must – he should steal from the source.

So as dawn’s rosy fingers spread above the wine-dark sea, he plunders on –
a metaphor here, a simile there, one tragic flaw or archetype character at a time,
until, like so many before him, he creates an original work. So Sing, O Muse, but unlike our aforementioned hero, try to sing on-key.


Anonymous said...

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