You shouldn’t have written that poem, he said.
That short one about brain tumors.
But I wrote it before her daughter …. I protested.
Doesn’t matter. She needn’t be reminded of it.
I can’t take it back. It’s out there now.
You didn’t have to give her the book the poem was in. Each time she reads it she’ll be reminded.
You could have pulled it, he said. It didn’t have to be there.
He was right. It didn’t. But it was a good poem. My editor said it had to go in. Anyway it wasn’t about Jess. It was written about a tumor I had seen in Scientific American, how beautiful it was, how like the wings of a butterfly unfurling into the hemispheres of the brain.
Are there subjects we should not write about?
5 thoughts on “You Shouldn’t have Written That”
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This question hounds me too.
I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Just be clear in your own head that no harm is intended and post 🙂
it depends on how we handle the subject I suppose. It is awful easy to offend these days. The alternative is to not handle it at all
the last for an artist of any kind — and you are a writer just like me — is not a viable alternative; one has to write about such things without being offensive. Tricky sometimes 🙂