The Writerly Life
If you live the writerly life,
You'll know what is to cry.
If you know what it is to cry,
You'll cherish the tiniest things you see.
If you cherish the tiniest things you see,
Bliss shall take hold of you.
If bliss takes hold of you,
You'll be the master of your trade.
If you are the master of your trade,
New paths shall unfold for you.
If new paths unfold for you,
You'll have several voyages across the sea.
If you have several voyages across the sea,
You'll meet many a folk.
If you meet many a folk,
You'll become their comrade dear.
If you become their comrade dear,
You shall hear all their secrets.
If you hear all their secrets,
You can stitch fables out of 'em.
If you can stitch fables out of 'em,
You can write a book.
If you write a book,
You'll see the unknown.
If you see the unknown,
A million tales shall pop into your head.
If a million tales pop into your head,
You'll be lost in your thoughts and ideas.
If you're lost in your thoughts and ideas,
A book will make a perfect friend.
If a book is your perfect friend,
You'll be the master of the pen.
If you are the master of the pen,
You will lead the writerly life.
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