I challenge you to write a poem in which each line except the last takes the form of a single, declarative sentence. Then, the final line should take the form of a question. With any luck, this will result in poems that have a sort of driving, reportorial tone, but with a powerful rhetorical finish.
Writing And Masturbation
Writing is like masturbation.
Male masturbation, I don’t know about females.
Nobody suffers from too much masturbation.
So too with writing, it never goes stale.
They aren’t planned activities (but they can be).
They explode out of the body suddenly.
They require the stimulus of images within the mind.
They offer escape from the daily grind.
Each person has his own technique for the two.
Some are straightforward, some obscure.
Probably the only major difference is what remains.
Words on a page, unlike smelly translucent stains (and a wet hand).
The wetness is from the water of washing.
Also, speed segregates the two from equality.
One is performed slow and the other quickly (which one depends on you).
The other difference is the creative block.
The block that writers cannot break immediately.
Such a block impedes no jerking off.
There is such a thing as pornography.
Both can be performed anywhere.
In the mall, at the theatre, in a book fair.
Both are the most personal, do not disturb.
Both require a muse or two.
So why is one celebrated and the other taboo?