Poetry Train: Write About Me


This may appeal more to the regulars than you-who-aren’t-so-regular-YET, but that’s okay. Search for any of my characters and you’ll get some of their backstories. Or follow the links back to the main website — especially if you haven’t been there in awhile. Think you know what it says? You might be surprised…

Write About Me

Write about biking,
The Tour Manager said.
Yesterday’s 22-mile trek
Along the River Yough.

Write about me,
Chelle said.
Two new bands I’ve found.
They need to hear it first, and they need to hear it from me.

Write about me,
Roadie Poet said.
There’s a new chick at the soundboard
Whose story I need to tell.

Write about me,
Pam said with a pout.
No one pays attention to me.
And now I’ve got that Rhian girl to worry about.
But if she takes Trevor,
I can have Mitchell all to myself.
Oh, Rhian…

Write about me, write about me,
All my characters said to me this morn.
Mitchell’s got clothing problems.
Kerri‘s watching her husband shave.
Daniel‘s glued to CNN.
Val‘s buying yet more chocolate, too.

One character missing,
The astute of you will note.

Trevor’s kicked back,
Cigarette dangling from his lip,
Greasy part of his Vincent in one hand.
“Quit writing so much and actually
Submit something somewhere,” he says to me
And bends back to his bike.

Write about me, write about me.
Oh, you journalists and bloggers.
Write about me.

Any of you groupies who Thirteen — or any of you who don’t — who’d like to join me in a Trevor-sized bit of fun, please e-mail me for directions. Don’t be surprised if I contact you but really, get a jump on things. Get involved early. You will NOT regret it.



  1. Rhian / Crowwoman

    August 12, 2007 11:04 pm

    **evil grin**BR/Pam SHOULD worry. mmmm – i do love me some Trev.

  2. Breeni

    August 12, 2007 11:06 pm

    Love it! You know you can count me in for Trevor fun!

  3. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    August 12, 2007 11:44 pm

    Cleverness becomes this poet. There, I just wrote about you. (grin)

  4. Ann

    August 12, 2007 11:46 pm

    Cool poem. I can relate that all of your characters are clammering for attention. Mine seem to take turns these days (i know-quite weird).

  5. Nancy

    August 13, 2007 7:52 am

    This was great. Demanding aren’t they?

  6. gautami tripthy

    August 13, 2007 8:46 am

    Write about he/she?BR/BR/Well I wrote a poem on potty!

  7. Joy Renee

    August 13, 2007 9:07 am

    oh, i can relate. my characters keep jostling for attention like jealous siblings and they switch back and fourth between petulant and profound. and then there’s the days they turn their backs and shun me

  8. Anne Douglas

    August 13, 2007 9:22 am

    ROFL, nothing like kicking your own ass via poetry 🙂 Love Trevor’s little reminder

  9. karen!

    August 13, 2007 9:32 am

    Love this!

  10. julia

    August 13, 2007 10:18 am

    I love this, Susan! All the writers can relate – for me it’s like the Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe, a mob of characters roaming about my consciousness wanting their turn. I like how you combined yourself as the writer in amongst your characters. Gives your story as a writer the same weight as their fictional stories.

  11. Robin L. Rotham

    August 13, 2007 12:27 pm

    You’re so lucky, Susan — my characters are reclusive and I practically have to drag them into the spotlight. 😀 Fun poem!

  12. Lisa Andel

    August 13, 2007 12:35 pm

    Just when I’m getting into the deep thinking mode because of this poem, I run across gautami’s comment! Yup, that put things back into perspective. 🙂

  13. Camille Alexa

    August 13, 2007 12:39 pm

    Cute, Susan. Melancholy cute, which is the best kind.

  14. Rhet

    August 13, 2007 1:51 pm

    Greasy part of his Vincent in one hand.BR/BR/BR/Que?BR/Vincent?

  15. Susan Helene Gottfried

    August 13, 2007 3:25 pm

    Rhet, a Vincent is a circa-WWII motorcycle. VERY rare, very much a collector’s item. Unless you’re Trevor and you find a banged-up body in a junk yard and set about finding the parts. BR/BR/I think they’re ugly as hell, but for Trevor, that’s part of the attraction.

  16. Amy Ruttan

    August 13, 2007 5:15 pm

    Very awesome poem Susan. Migraines gone, Rhet told me an orgasm would get rid of it … hmmmm I’ll have to try that next time. 😉

  17. Sophisticated Writer

    August 13, 2007 6:36 pm

    Amazing poem, Susan 🙂 I love it how your characters demand attention 😉

  18. Jill

    August 13, 2007 8:32 pm

    And what about me Susan??(Still haven’t heard about that character that remember people by song!!)BR/Was there a fight involve in that poem??

  19. Jill

    August 13, 2007 8:55 pm

    I forgot, if you want to hear that song, it is “Plaisir” by “Les Respectables”.

  20. charleneteglia

    August 13, 2007 9:37 pm

    Ha. Loved this.

  21. Sparky Duck

    August 14, 2007 12:44 am

    great idea, but hell i barely write about myself

  22. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    August 15, 2007 1:09 pm

    Susan, I just tagged you for this:BR/BR/A HREF=”http://tumbledwords.com/2007/08/15/link-meme/” REL=”nofollow”Link-Meme/ABR/BR/A great excuse to go through more of your archives for us to read.

  23. May

    August 15, 2007 2:20 pm

    I emailed you already, and if you don’t email me soon, I’m headed to bed and I won’t be able to do whatever’s sooooo important Susan!

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