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If there is an Author ...

seven short poems

By Richard SeltzerPublished 7 months ago 1 min read
If there is an Author ...
Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

The art of unwriting.

Say it.

Say it better.

Then say less to prompt more.

Let readers

connect dots,

see stills as motion.

Let your text be like a lover's glance.

Let your words wake worlds

as painters do with brush strokes.



Don't brush so hard.

Light strokes make haze stacks.

At close of day,

let there be twilight.


Wind-swept and trunk-tied,

voiceless, but signing,

branches sway.

How can I reply?


An eagle, perched on a mountaintop,

doesn't need a push.

The wind it faces lifts it.



Survival is secondary.

Birds eat so they can soar.


Face it.

We came without directions,

not knowing which way truth lies

or how it does so.

Should we pray facing east?


If there is an Author,

how clever She is,

telling us nothing,

making us solve riddles on our own,

engaging us in the stories of our lives.


About the Creator

Richard Seltzer

Richard now writes fulltime. He used to publish public domain ebooks and worked for Digital Equipment as "Internet Evangelist." He graduated from Yale where he had creative writing courses with Robert Penn Warren and Joseph Heller.

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  • Salman siddique7 months ago


RSWritten by Richard Seltzer

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