Beg, Borrow, or Steal

What is not up for dibs for a writer?


The conversations, the witty remark, the anecdote.


The errant animal who roamed not your village.


The marbles you did not collect.


The talking-to you should have given.


How much is artistic license and how much is misrepresentation?


Anything marked as fiction can be deemed coincidental.


There is also the power of taking something pedestrian and elevating it,

making the commonplace extraordinary, making what should have been become alive.


If it’s all for the sake of art, anything goes.

Isn’t that what Cole Porter would say?


Image from Mary DeMuth

Image from Mary DeMuth




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