Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pirate Bryan

The Pirate Bryan Cohen with a Lobster Claw

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by Bryan Cohen
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The Pirate in Me
by Bryan Cohen

I made my way across the seven seas
And found it bred my insecurities,
With fear and anger pillaging inside
I felt the need to duck and run and hide,
When far off course I saw a treasure rich,
Full not of silver, gold, and well-made stitch,
But something deeper that could rightly cure
The inner anti-pirate strong and pure.
Quickly bringing spring upon her cable
We made our way to wealthy prize of fable.
The jagged rocks and sea tossed to and fro,
Despite our trials we soon called out “Land ho!”
We forged a path toward this booty fair
I hardly had an ounce of strength to spare,
But with goal of courage on my mind
I pushed myself with all that I could find.
We came upon a clearing that had to be
The reason that we’d left our well-known sea.
Upon an X, my men and I broke ground
Until a chest of untold wealth was found.
The unknown prosp’rous box began to hatch
Before my men and I had touched a latch
And much to our chagrin it held a sheet
Of old parchment, with scripted print so neat:
“The fear you had was eas’ly pushed away
By the power of the goal you had today
Continue putting treasure in your midst;
A mind with purpose conquers any fist.”
The men who understood the chest grew wise,
Our lives improved as we could now surmise,
A truth that hit us like a whiskey sip;
It was the journey there that made the trip.

Pirate post created for ...and a bottle o'rum event by Bryan Cohen, author of 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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by Bryan Cohen
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1,000 Creative Writing Prompts:
Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More
by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is giving away 100 personalized writing prompts to one giveaway entrant chosen at random during the blog tour. Personalized prompts are story starters that cater specifically to a writer’s subject matter, strengths/weaknesses, etc. Cohen will create the prompts to cater exclusively to the winner. He is giving away free digital copies of his book The Writing Sampler to everybody who enters, which includes excerpts from each of his four books on writing. The book contains essays, writing prompts and tips and tricks to enhance your writing skills. In addition, for each of Cohen’s books that reach the Top 500 on Amazon during his blog tour, he will add a $50 Amazon gift card to the drawing (up to six $50 cards in total)!

To enter, simply post a comment to this blog post with your e-mail address. Entries will be counted through June 2nd, 2011.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he has written four books (1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade, Sharpening the Pencil: Essays on Writing, Motivation, and Enjoying your Life, and Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job), several plays (Something from Nothing and Chekhov Kegstand: A Dorm Room Dramedy in Two Acts) and he was the head writer for an un-produced Web series (Covenant Coffee). His writing and motivation website Build Creative Writing Ideas has had over 100,000 visitors since it was founded in December 2008. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Follow Bryan on Twitter @buildcwideas.


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