My first effort at writing in 1967

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

Ernie Earth said, “I got no pictures, but I got your thousand words”.

Ernie Earth also said, “When you need the “Write” word in the “Write” place”.

Yep, that sounds like me alright. Marching to the beat of a different drummer. This blog is for the purpose of promoting my writing career.

“What writing career you may ask?”

I’m so glad you asked. See how easy I tricked you into asking the right question.

Will my first attempt at writing something creative was in 1967 when I was at the young age of 16. My 10th grade English class was supposed to read a book written by Herman Melville called, “Billy Budd”. Of course I lost my copy of the book and because I had two paper routes, I slept through much of the class. Our grade for the 6 week grading period was to be based on a project we did based on the book “Billy Budd”.

Every one was going to draw something on a sheet of poster board or make a boat out of Popsicle sticks. I wanted to do something different so I came up with the idea of writing a poem. All I needed was a few facts, and with sleeping in class, a few facts were all I had.

My teacher saw something in my poem and she asked me if I had written many poems. I told her that this poem was my first. She asked me to write a couple of poems and show them to her. I asked her what I should write about. She said I should write about something I knew about. I told her I was 16 and I didn’t know about anything. She suggested I write about a book I had read or a movie I had seen.

I wrote a 16 page poem about the movie, “Bonnie and Clyde”. The only line I remember now is one which read:

Clyde was going to steal her car,
He looked up through the dirty glass;
Bonnie turned around,
And he saw her shiny a*s.

I feel uncomfortable writing that word today, but then I saw it as a great chance to cuss and get away with it. So began my writing career.


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