April 26, 2018

I Write, Therefore I Am - Marnie Pohlmann

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I have the right to write,
To tell a story;
A fairytale
Or fantasy,   
Perhaps biography  
Of someone famous  
Or even unknown,
Whose life has meaning.    

I have the right to write
For my own heart's pleasure;
Clever wordplay
Or quick satire,    
Perhaps long essays         
On your politics              
Or my religion,
What gives us meaning. 

I have the right to write
For money and profit,
Or short-lived fame,    
Perhaps self-publishing,    
Traditional print,
Or in magazines.
Careers with meaning.    

I have the right to write
My very own story;    
As comedy
Or tragedy,        
Perhaps reality –
Survivor, Thriver,         
Or Overcomer. 
My life has meaning.

I have the right to write
But is right my reason
To stain white sheets
with sweat and words,
Perhaps reflect your life          
In creative lines
Or imagery
That gives you meaning?

I have the right to write,
Just as the wind blows here;
Sometimes softly,
sometimes harshly,
Perhaps completely wild.
This wind of nature,
My nature to write,
Right with no meaning
But that I am.

Marnie practices her right to write from her home in Northern BC, where her writing and the wind blows softly, sometimes harshly, and sometimes completely wild. 


  1. Wow, Marnie! I love it! I could almost hear some soft music in there and the sound of a sweet song playing as I read. What a delightful post.

    1. Thank you, Vickie. I'm not musical so I didn't hear the music, but I'm glad you did.

  2. Powerful, profound, beautiful... this poem takes my breath away!

    1. Breathe, Tracy, breathe... and thank you.

  3. Delightful was my summary of your piece, but Vickie has already said that. Your post is also captivating, entertaining, and uplifting. It contains the "wind of nature." Thank you, Marnie, for veering onto a unique and wily course.

    1. My, Sharon, I wasn't feeling "captivating, entertaining, or uplifting" when I wrote it at 1 a.m. the morning it was due to post. I was surprised to be writing a poem. Thank you for confirming my nature of writing.

  4. "Surprised to write a poem", as you told Sharon. I know the feeling. Your writing about the right to write has left me feeling empowered. Thank you for that!

  5. Isn't it fun to play with the words and then realize something unexpected comes out? I may never be an expert in any one genre, but I like playing with many different ones anyway.

  6. Hi Marnie. I love that you used a poem to communicate. I toyed with using Shakespeare's "to be or not to be" when it came to my post on this theme. I gave it up. Glad you pursued your poetic flare as a change of pace.

    1. Thanks, Bob - I believe when everyone else has said everything there is to say on a subject, when it's my turn sometimes it's best to say less, but of course in a creative way. ;)

  7. Hi Marnie, Thanks for this poem, and I have often thought we write to right ... to explore those things that vex or confuse us ... it is another write to right .... I too appreciated the word play and love the winds of spirit that moved you to poetry.

    1. Jocelyn, sometimes we don't know why we do what we do - it is just in our nature, so we do. I'm glad our nature is to write.


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