The hardest thing about rewriting is
Cutting the lines I love. They may not ever
Contribute to the play but they have fizz.
They flow and snap and entertain; they’re clever.
But clever is a paint job, not the house.
It should enhance the inside, and not smother
Or contradict—like when your favorite blouse
Says one thing but the outfit says another.
It’s all about the structure, and rebuilding
Out from the inside till it’s all one whole,
With solid levels, no excessive gilding,
And architectured lines. My writer’s goal:
To make with my clawed hand and Vision pen
Something I won’t have to rewrite again.
Copyright 2014 Matthew J Wells