Author: Chris Talbert

Write, but don’t

Don’t be a writer,

don’t hobble yourself.


be a doer.

Make things happen.

Doing is where

the rubber


the road.

Doers make the structures

where writers


their reality.

Writers inspire,


write while doing…


Words have no value

if they carry

no weight.

Make weight,

write with a purpose

to challenge,

to contradict,

to insult

(if need-be).



Et tu, deja?

To know the future

because I already experienced it,

as a memory.

A thought that came to me

as a settled fact,

but pertains to things

that haven’t happened.

I want so badly

for this to be true.

To imagine

that some sort of release

from this

day-to-day drudgery exists

and is already settled fact

thrills me.

A piercing light into this dark room…

but I don’t want to look up

and see

the silhouette

and shadow

of the jailer

passing over the grate.