Writing And Masturbation

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?

Attributes: Drawing hands – Maurits Cornelis Escher by gwenboul, CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0
NaPoWriMo 2013 #8


2 thoughts on “Writing And Masturbation

  1. Liked your post! Thought it was nice and brave to take on the prompt like that so I decided to whip together a little response :) Not particularly eloquent but I hope you like it.

    Writing is like masturbation.
    I speak on behalf of females, too.
    Both begin with a familiar tingle.
    Masturbation, between the legs.
    Writing, between the eyes.
    The more you think about it, the more the desire builds.
    Only once this feeling is acknowledged, may it be correctly dealt with.
    The writer shields her notebook.
    The masturbator closes the door.
    The writer’s tool is her pen.
    The masturbator has plenty of…tools.
    Both are methods of exploration.
    Both use fingers to delve deeper into oneself.
    Masturbation, like writing, is a want, not a need.
    Both are pleasures that provide temporary relief.
    A satisfying session can put you right to sleep.
    You’re right in saying that one is taboo.
    There’s also a further disparity issue.
    At least with writing there isn’t a sexist double standard.
    Why is jerking off funny, but fingering yourself slandered?

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