What Do You Want From This?

Yesterday I met with a tiny group

of writers Three of Us different forms

Big Question  What We Wanted

from our words.  Not what we hoped

to say so much Unless You Are an Editorial

Writer With a Clear Message e.g.

I Hope Chesa Boudin Wins SF DA he’s only behind 240 votes (!!)

but a writer writer

who doesn’t know the story even if it’s a memoir

until she has the chance to write  doesn’t know

the sentence certainly doesn’t know the poem

until she sits down somewhere let’s say

a red leather chair with a blue bowl of sliced mangoes

and a yellow notebook  sits on the old couch

facing a tree or a building or even  an alley playing Lyle Lovett’s

Closing Time for inspiration or any Glenn Gould sits

with a good enough pen and some time say an hour or two

that’s all and writes what she doesn’t know writes what

she wants to write absolutely anything at all because being

a writer is only in some ways anyway maybe not

every wayin some ways just about having the chance

just to write.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I loved this, Esther. Writing for the sake of writing. Not knowing where you’re going. And the setting you’ve created is just right (especially the mangoes).

  2. Since I never know what I’m going to write until I write it, I enjoyed all the doubt and non planning planning and creation of a routine, even though the routine is highly adaptable.

    The only thing that is not doubtful in my writing practice is this: Words will appear on the page, some related, others not, some jumping off points into a mystery that needs to be exposed. The channel of creativity is sometimes clogged, while the snake of the nib crawling across the page reroutes the effort into effortlessness.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: