Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Writer's Prayer

I found Neil Gaiman reading his poem "A Writer's Prayer" and thought I would share. There are some other free downloads on the website provided that you might enjoy, as well. Neil Gaiman is definitely one of my favorite authors and I am completely thrilled when he reads his own writings. It feels like another level of magic is weaved into his words. Or maybe it is just the British accent. You decide.

Now go listen to "A Writer's Prayer".

Or read it here:

A Writer’s Prayer
By Neil Gaiman

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too much;
who spreads himself too thinly with his words,
diluting all the things he has to say,
like butter spread too thinly over toast,
or watered milk in some worn-out hotel;
but let me write the things I have to say,
and then be silent, ’til I need to speak.

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too little;
a decade-man between each tale, or more,
where every word accrues significance
and dread replaces joy upon the page.
Perfectionists like chasing the horizon;
You kept perfection, gave the rest to us,
so let me earn the wisdom to move on.

But over and above those two mad spectres of parsimony and profligacy,
Lord, let me be brave, and let me, while I craft my tales, be wise:
let me say true things in a voice that is true,
and, with the truth in mind, let me write lies.


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