My writing vice:

Bee balm

I can’t be concise


Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?

(from “Amadeus”)

Did I just have the audacity to compare myself with Mozart? Why, yes! Yes, I did. I’m just like Mozart — minus the genius.

I love Mozart, all those beautiful notes. Mozart is my go-to reset music. When the world is too full of words, I put on Mozart and close my eyes.


It’s a Cou-PIC-let!

What’s a Cou-PIC-let, you say?
Well, it’s two rhyming lines
with a picture sandwiched between them.


Why that picture, you ask? Too many bee balm.


2 thoughts on “Vice

    • A friend stopped by once and commented on the bee balm — “That’s an invasive species,” he said. “It will just take over.”
      I kind of like it — the abundance of red. So, too many words, too many notes, too many bee balm.

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