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Now I Lay My Manuscript Down

Now I Lay My Manuscript Down

by Joan Y. Edwards

Now I lay my manuscript down.

I’ve carried it all over town.

I went up Broadway, 5th and Vine.

I wish Simon and Schuster Publisher was mine.

Now I turn my computer on

It’s more fun writing than mowing the lawn.

I open a new Word document there.

Great ideas come out of thin air.

Now my characters leap to a page

From the present or from a past age.

Their fights and quarrels stir up intriguing scenes.

Readers love them more than eating their greens.

Now I give my stories beginnings, middles, and ends.

Soon they’ll have readers for their best friends.

These friends will read them many times over.

They’ll even read them while lying in clover.

Now I get a telephone call.

“You want to publish my story after all.

I pray that God will bless you sweet.

I’m bowing humbly at your feet.”

“Now I jump for joy and bliss.

I’m blowing you a kiss.”

“You’re sending me a contract by mail.

I’m so excited. My heart’s setting sail.”

Now I thank God for fulfilling my dreams.

I’m just about ready to pop at my seams.

After I dance on the ceiling for an hour,

I’ll relax with a bubble bath or shower.

Now I lay me down to sleep.

I count new books, instead of  sheep.

At fifty thousand I thank God once more.

I finally relax and begin to snore.

Now I sleep til tomorrow comes.

Another beginning, a new beat of the drums.

I live from dawn to dusk and dusk til dawn.

I enjoy the moments before they are gone.

I wrote this poem for you, Readers. I hope you enjoy it.

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4 Responses

  1. Joan,
    Your poem is really great
    the rhyme and meter are first-rate .
    When you write, don’t hesitate,
    send it to us, we can’t wait.
    Your writing is full of hope, and cheery
    that is why we love you dearly.

    You are unique.



    • Dear Joy,
      What a sweet empowering poem! I’m glad you like to read my poems and stories. You make me smile. The smile carries me for a mile. I am filled with hope and cheerfulness for all of us.

      There is an abundance of publishers for all of our stories. We’re all so different, but yet we’re the same.

      I love finding ways to help myself and others think outside the box of limitations we sometimes create for ourselves. God has a way for us to reach our goals. We have to look for it. Visualize it and then take action to walk toward it.

      Just like writing a poem, you get the idea, visualize it in your head, search for the words, they come seemingly from thin air, your imagination and resources, and voila you have the poem.

      You might have to dress up the finished product but there is something that didn’t use to be. Truly amazing. You inspired me to write a bunch. You might have to stop in the middle to eat your lunch.

      Do something good for you today!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Hi Joan,

    I love the title. It reminds me of the children’s prayer of “Now I lay me down to sleep.”

    I agree with you that writing is more fun than mowing the lawn, but somebody’s got to do it. 😦

    Thanks for encouraging us to submit and anticipate publication. What a fun reminder.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, I’m glad you liked the title. That’s the prayer rhyme that came to mind before I wrote this. The words on how to make a rhyme with sleep and keep didn’t come, so I went in another direction. It was fun. Hurray for all lawn mowers and people who cut the grass. Thanks for writing. Good luck with your publishing goals. Your publication date is getting closer. Do something good for you today. Celebrate.

      Enjoy Life’s Journey Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards


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