Poetry tops the list of things I love. I’ve never had a chance to study it as an art form. The college I went to didn’t have much use for poetry. Nobody ever got rich from writing. I can make the statement they didn’t place much value on the written word as a means of expression. In my time there, only one creative writing class was offered every four years because it was a requirement for middle school teachers. I felt sorry for my professor. It was his last year before retirement. All my classmates did was complain. I decided to devote 2021 to writing different styles of poetry. Therefore, in February, I plan to write sonnets. I’ve titled this one Becoming Molly Shea.
Becoming Molly Shea
Years ago, when I started playing the writing game
I made a few choices out of ignorance
Someone suggested the best writers used a pen name
I lacked confidence is my only defense
I sat down at my kitchen table
With a list of names that sounded good
Molly sounded like a comfortable label
I took on my secret identity because I could
The pseudonym seemed to fit me well
So I pretended with all my will and might
My pen name became a secret I refused to tell
Under this disguise I continue you to write
I hope this doesn’t sound complicated, stupid or shady,
But I create my words as Molly Shea the Henhouse Lady
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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