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Dafyd Smith

Writer's Block in Prison

WRITER'S BLOCK IN PRISON
22 September 2004

Writer's block is a terrible thing
It stops you dead when you need it least
They say that when the time is right
The words will flow like wine at night.

But here I sit gazing out
at the trees and the grass and the flowers about
and the little red doors of the prison cells
and my thoughts go round and nothing comes out.

Ok, to work, tutor wants words -
An essay no less - but hasn't he heard
that essays are good but not all of us can
write just like that - maybe he can!

Tutor I think wants an essay in prose
But I am finding I cannot do those.

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Romantic - Yeah, Right!

Romantic - yeah, right!
3 November 2004

Sitting 'round the table,
hands are in the air;
Asking professor Evans
how and when and where.

The English Romantic Movement
is the stuff we're learning about -
the romance and the counter
to the conflicts round about.

Shelley, Keats and Byron -
they wrote, they were well-read;
it was dangerous to think then,
so easy to lose your head.

And all the way through history
while wars are going on,

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