Writing a New Tale

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Your story begins and years have flown by
but the weeks drag on and on.
And while you’re living by the book,
you only write it day to day:
word by word, line by line and page by page.
That’s a tired biography.
Now I’m writing a new tale to tell.

In chapter two, characters come and go,
but the plot never seems to change.
Though you followed chapter and verse,
it lacked a central theme
or a metaphor for a simile that’s drenched in hyperbole.
It’s a familiar tragedy.
So I’m writing a new tale to tell.

Anyone can spin a yarn,
but you need a clever motif
for compelling narrative
that’s hailed in the Sunday Times’ book reviews.
Though it sounds like a cliché,
writer's block got the best of me
and the climax was a bit weak.
Well, I should have read that on the flap.
That’s just a mundane fantasy.
So I’m writing a new tale to tell.

Mine is a common history.
So I’m writing a new tale to tell.

Now I’ve penned my first account
with more fiction that fact,
like a worn out paperback
that’s thrown in the dollar bin at a second-hand store.
Though it won’t make the best sellers list,
there’s a sequel in the works:
no literary masterpiece,
but a volume I’d be proud to pass to my son.
A chronicle I share with no one.
It’s not the same old story.
Now’s I’m writing a new tale to tell.


from Before Your Summer Fades, released January 19, 2018


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Releases have featured Guided By Voices, Frank Black, Matthew Sweet, Pat Dinizio, The Bigger Lovers, Bastards of Melody, The Successful Failures, the Dipsomaniacs, Taggart, and many more.
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