words for rent

I write and try to avoid wondering

How can I sell this?
Who will buy it?
Can I coax dollars and cents,
some percentage of my rent,
with these words?

I know the answer is
not always–almost never.

Last night I converged with other writers,
spending our dollars and cents over happy
hour drinks to ornament the time
spent with each other.

I saw that we still survive and thrive together,
that there is a difference between
wanting to write for a living,
and living to write.

There’s nothing to buy,
there’s nothing to sell.
Just words to read,
stories to tell.

No, we don’t get paid–
we just make change.

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4 thoughts on “words for rent

  1. shortnmorose says:

    “there is a difference between
    wanting to write for a living,
    and living to write.”

    beautiful. because the writing changes when you start exchanging words for dollars.

  2. k.sao says:

    funny u bring this subject matter to the surface… its something im trying 2 encounter also… u ever try submitting ur work for contests? theres a lot of them – just have 2 b found…
    great piece btw — of course!

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