“I Live Now”

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

How would you write it today only mattered? What if you didn’t think about past failures or why you were writing or what was in the future for you? There is a lot of information about living in the present but many of us get hung up on our past, our regrets, our should of’s and could of’s. Last week I sent my friend this poem that illustrates “living in the moment” for poets.

Ars Poetica
By: Blaga Dimitrova
Write each of your poems
as if it were your last.
In this century, saturated with strontium,
charged with terrorism,
flying with supersonic speed,
death comes with terrifying suddenness.
Send each of your words
like a last letter before execution,
a call carved on a prison wall.
You have no right to lie,
no right to play pretty little games.
You simply won’t have time
to correct your mistakes.
Write each of your poems,
tersely, mercilessly,
with blood–as if it were your last.

The Writing Nag
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