The Fifth Draft
By Adam Kelly
On the first try she loved you but they didn’t want you to be so lucky
So in the second draft it didn’t last
Maybe in the third draft you’ll forget about her
But now you can’t get her memory out of your head
Her sweet voice narrating half your thoughts
Maybe on the fourth try she’ll love you but you’ll just keep pushing her away
The writer thought it would work, he won’t give up now
Naive or hopeful, it’s hard to tell which
In the fifth draft of the story that was once interesting and bright
It all revolves around her
Love turned to obsession
The writer sees it in his head
He shoves the characters together
Super-glueing plastic hands together
But they always bounce back apart
He finally tears the sheet
Lined paper smudged with pencil falls to the floor
The history is there
But no one wants to put it together.
Adam Kelly is a 12 year old living in Northampton who loves the supportive and creative space Lynn creates in writing workshop.
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