Post-weekend Poetry 021: ‘On Being a Writer’ by Kenna McKinnon

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Kenna McKinnon.

On Being a Writer
It’s difficult, the writer said
Putting things on paper from my head
And even more, my office floor
Is littered from my desk to door.
My monitor of which I bought
A large one from the Future Shop
My keyboard sticky now with oil
Because my sweaty fingers toil
Not to mention phone and printer
Scanner, fax — I’m such a sprinter
Trying for the fastest lane
My fingers faster than my brain,
But this I know, the writer said,
On Cup O Noodles I am fed
And only cheap wine I imbibe.

It’s difficult to be a scribe.

Some envy her the life of ease
Sitting in a summer breeze
Writing on a blue lined pad
Informally and brightly clad
As though pajamas are okay
For the middle of the day.
She gives her inner dreams their voice
Creativity her choice
No one tells her when to start
Or take a break pursuing art
No boss tells her quitting time
Her verse is not required to rhyme,
And like a Mountain Woman she
Lives bohemian and free.
Thus they envy her and say
Would you have it any other way?
They worship their security
While she pursues her liberty.
Marches to a different tune

It’s difficult to be a loon.

It’s harder still to ascertain
As the Phoenix rises from her brain
What produces the creative thrust
Or why she must construct this stuff.
Why man and rutabagas thrive

It’s difficult to be a scribe.

I loved that, thank you Kenna.

Kenna McKinnon is a freelance writer / photographer and self employed businesswoman, and has lived successfully with schizophrenia for many years.

Her website is and her poetry anthology ‘Discovery’ has also just come out on

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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6 thoughts on “Post-weekend Poetry 021: ‘On Being a Writer’ by Kenna McKinnon

  1. Books & Art - Spirit & Soul says:

    Kenna – I can relate. Having poems in my head all day and committing them to memory in bits and chunks only to sit an my computer and not transcribe! instead writing out the parts on paper in the evening and piecing them together who knows when. Great poem. Thanks, Lesley


  2. Judy Holmes says:

    Hey that is great!!!! Glad someone in our family has talent!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!! Love you. Sister Judy


  3. Scott says:

    The sweetest day, ever have I lived, was the morning I awoke, at 2:36, to get the words out of my head, thought for sure they’d drive me mad, after I jotted down a scribble, I returned to slumber, only to rise a while later and realize, I am really just a writer.


    • morgenbailey says:

      🙂 I was like that when I first went to creative writing evening classes – I ended up sending morse code messages to neighbours because I kept on thinking of things I wanted to write down (light on / light off). Nowadays I use a dictaphone or the dictation option on my mobile. 🙂


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