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Donkin's World: Out To Lunch

Richard Donkin tells of a day when words and thoughts were elusive.

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The words weren’t there today. They didn’t come, not for a long time, and when a few turned up this is all I had.

“Come on,” I said, “We can do better than this.”

But the words turned to me and said: “We’re just words. We’re always here for you. You can use us as you wish, but you know we’re witless without thoughts. Thoughts make us work.”

So where are the thoughts? They’re slumbering in the quiet places, concealing themselves from the big beast, inspiration. It hasn’t been seen today.

Where’s inspiration? The thought looked vacant. “Search me,” it said. “It needs to feed,” said another. “That’s your job.”

And then I remembered, inspiration feeds on other people’s thoughts.

The newspaper is still on the step.


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