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*For the Epistolary Challenge*

By Dean F. HardyPublished about a year ago 1 min read
"A Deer's View" - taken by myself

Dear reality,

I've got the block again...

can feel it pressing on me

the way it does,

like the walls have eyes

that never sleep.

You're always the fix.

I can always bring it

with you.

You give me that juice

that fire, that action I need

to shoot from the hip.

You're my revelry.

But I don't know why I continue

to do this,

why I torture myself this way

staring into the abyss

of bums and hacks

that think themselves writers.

They are soft and squishy

no heat, no fucks, no hate

no love.

They are missing something primal

something intimate (maybe you?)

too concerned with form

and sniffing their own farts.

The world doesn't need anymore

fart sniffers.

We reached our quota

with them frauds in the 19th century:

Wordsworth with his daffodils and

wanting to fuck his sister.

Manley Hopkins crying for God in the slums of Dublin

after his own people

ravished and raped it until

there was nothing left but

plague & death.

Thoreau lost in the woods

somewhere, romanticising

into his pillow like a 14 year old schoolgirl

his cabin, stinking of farts.

The only one who faced the music

was poor Dickinson,

locked in her room

dancing with the Devil

blasting her typewriter

like a machine gun into the


And God bless her everyone said

she was crazy,

but maybe she was the only

sane one left.

Because while all these

blue blood aristocrats

blew hot smoke

about their love of man and

fetishsised nature,

the blacks were still in chains

and the Irish were beaten like dogs

for speaking their mother tongue

and 10 year old boys crawled

the coal mines beneath the earth.


Where were their poems

about that ?

Sincerely yours,


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Dean F. Hardy

Writer from Dublin, Ireland.

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  • HandsomelouiiThePoet (Lonzo ward)about a year ago

    Substantial Writing 📝👍❤️

  • J. S. Wadeabout a year ago

    Awesome, courageous, and true! 🥰😎👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a year ago

    Wow… Your blunt yet passionate energy when you write this is so breath taking and refreshing Dean! Your take on the world and reality left me frozen in shock and delight. I can relate to the way you paint the world and I really appreciate it! This was such a thought provoking and engaging piece! I am inspired by the passion with which you write! So eye opening and breath taking, Dean!

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  • ARCabout a year ago

    ooof. Dean, I love your writing, brother. Anytime I wonder if I'm being a bit too blunt in my own, I read your words and find myself inspired. Your courage-to-call-out is exemplary. This piece is awesome. Love your bit about Dickinson. Too true there. And your final thought -- question -- is so abrupt. Like a crash-test-car hitting a wall. What an impact. It leaves the reader with no choice but to face that question head-on. Brilliant work.

  • L.C. Schäferabout a year ago

    I think I can feel the heat of the fire that was lit under your bottom when you wrote this. Amazing 😁

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  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    Quite Good.

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a year ago

    Raw and uncensored! This was the correct tone to convey the intended message. I definitely left a heart. Here is an extra one, 🖤 for opening my eyes.

  • Brannan K.about a year ago

    Solid job on this, Dean. The frustration is palpable and genuine! I admire the honesty here.

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    This is fantastic. Love it.

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    Powerful, deep, and thought-provoking! I connected with so many of these lines but also learned so much from others. Great work! 😍

  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    Please continue to torture yourself with the craft. Your madness is sane. ❤️

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a year ago

    Where were the poems? Awesome....I love this

  • Naomi Goldabout a year ago

    I don’t have adequate adjectives to express how I felt reading this. Just know that it inspired me.

  • Kristen Balyeatabout a year ago

    This was SO GOOD- Favorite line: “blasting her typewriter like a machine gun into the night” Phew! Freakin’ awesome! Amazing work, Dean!

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