A Writer’s Hold, the Seduction of Words

A Writer's Hold, the Seduction of Words
A Writer’s Hold, the Seduction of Words

The writer’s intention is always to captivate his reader, hold their attention so they cannot put the book down until the purpose is resolved. This, of course, is what we all seek as writers, and this short but concise poem is simply about that intention. Enjoy…

‘My words linger on your tongue,
my hand pressed hard against your throat,
I entreat thee, I capture,
you, mesmerised by what I wrote,
you may squirm, and writhe and struggle,
but no purpose your freedom be,
until that very last line is read,
you’re mine, and cannot flee,
my phrases like stone prison walls,
shall keep you within my grasp,
until my resolve is done,
and so, the monkey off your back,
so still yourself and follow,
for there is no end, reprieve,
until those words release your mind,
but within you, I leave a seed,
a knowing that we’ll meet again,
my words like mead and honey,
my eloquence and seductive ways,
beyond your control or money,
so sit back, pay attention,
and become immersed in all I write,
the battle ends when I decide,
the war your endless plight.’

Famous Quotes from writers…

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
– Stephen King

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
– Ernest Hemingway

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession and therefore are most economical in its use.
– Mark Twain

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
– Herman Melville

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

6 thoughts on “A Writer’s Hold, the Seduction of Words

  • September 17, 2018 at 11:33 PM
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    Brilliant! I love it, Tony. As a poet you definitely have a hold on me when captive to your words and enthralled with your thoughts. I like the very meaningful quotes you chose. Excellent piece! Take care.

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  • September 18, 2018 at 7:32 AM
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    Tony you have captured the essence of any good writer worth their salt in this stirring piece. For without the ability to bring your intended audience to tears, laughter, sadness, joy or render them with a lump in their throats or aching in their hearts, we as writers have not perfected our gifts. Garbage indeed without perfect editing is not worth publishing. Your quotes added here were wonderful, I especially liked our beloved William Shakespeare quote, however they were all relevant and well quoted at the time and definitely still stand today. Well done my friend, you certainly have the gifts of an expressive writer and poet, bravo and well done.

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  • September 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    Thanks, Vincent, so pleased you enjoyed the work and the quotes are always interesting. It seems we all think the same as far as the craft is concerned. Cheers!

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  • September 18, 2018 at 9:49 PM
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    I enjoyed and concur with your words here, Tony. Wonderful quotes from amazing writers too.

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