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Got The T-Shirt: Lost In Wonder

Steph Spiers' poem reminds us that writers are tormented souls, hovering between reality and their own invented worlds.

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Another copy-book blot!
Fiction: where the line between reality and plot
often blurs; imagined scenarios blend
into an author’s everyday normality. Lend
today to another life: writers: acting out
in character, failing to live up to expectations. Shout!

Role play can be dangerous.
Role play can change relationships.
Role play can destroy life in real-time.

That fine line between sanity and virtual-existence
wiggles, and those on the sidelines with persistence
watch aghast: forwards and back at complete loss,
in open-mouthed amazement at transgressions which cross
that boundary: expected norms of behaviour
meaningless, in the virtual universe of the heroic saviour.

Writers: tormented souls. Straddling a fence.
Doomed, to be forever watching out for
unkindly doses of fading reality.

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