For Courage by Bogdan Dragos

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“Getting drunk to write

is stupid,”

she said,

“not to mention

utterly pathetic.”

And I said, “Yeah, I agree.”

“Good. Then

why are you drinking now?”

“Well…”

Shit, she got me. There

was nothing

I could say. I didn’t know

what the hell I was doing. There was

still so much about

existence that I

had no explanation for. I didn’t

drink for inspiration. I

didn’t need

inspiration. Just the courage

to write.

Suddenly I felt like the cowardly

lion from

The Wizard of Oz.

The poor fool wasn’t missing

courage, was he?

No, he just needed someone to

tell him that he already

had courage. It was

inside him all along.

Me, if I do drink, it’s never

for inspiration,

but rather the courage to

throw my written words

into the abyss

at editors

and publishers

and so on

I never seem to be ready

for that part of

the journey

always told myself

‘next time, buddy. Next time

and with the next

poem, the next story.

Just not this

one.’

I needed a Wizard of Oz

to tell me

when’s the right time to

step into it

I can’t be the only

one. I’m not the only one,

am I?

-BOGDAN DRAGOS

Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s poem hits a tender spot that every writer hesitates from revealing. Writing is an abstract craft, and in its practice and implementation, huge doubts often cloud the writer’s thinking. It takes courage to reveal the depths of one’s mind and the limits of one’s imagination. And the constant doubt – this isn’t good enough, takes away from the writing bliss raising the whip of self-condemnation. If you’ve written the words, then believe me, the courage is there.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. (ノ^ ∇ ^)ノ Thank you, Terveen!

      I guess, more than inspiration, the best you can wish a writer/artist is for them to have COURAGE :))

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    2. But I’m just a poor lowly poet. My stuff’s not good enuff for Masticadores . Maybe if I learn to spell rite it could be……

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  2. Jane Aguiar says:

    You are not alone I also drink to recharge but it is coffee.(caffeine). Beautiful poetry, Bogdan!❤️

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    1. (੭´・ᵕ・ )੭ Thank you, Jane!

      Coffee is great too. I also have one from time to time, especially while working night shifts. It really helps 🙂

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      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        (⊃。•́‿•̀。)⊃ Welcome, Bogdan! I also do night duty to complete annual plan, lesson plan ,results and sometimes to write poetry. Coffee keeps me awake.❤️

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  3. gwengrant says:

    Got it in one.
    Gwen.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen! ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

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  4. So maybe, that drink, only, helps you, tap in to the courage you already have, but, lost sight of, when you need a reminder of it…

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    1. Haha, yeah, that’s about it 🙂

      (*^ワ^*)

      Like

  5. Kirsten says:

    He’s not the only one. Great write, Bogdan! I love your poetry. 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Kirsten!

      I also admire your writing. The best writing, in my opinion, is the one that makes you wanna write after you’ve read it 🙂
      ✯⸜(*❛‿❛)⸝✯

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      1. Kirsten says:

        You’re most welcome and thank you as well. 🥰
        I agree, being able to pick up on the vibes of a piece that ends up fueling your own is indeed the best.

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      2. I can see why you like Kirsten’s work……

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  6. A good write Bogdan. And very pertinent. Good to know you live in that faraway place of Romania…….

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    1. Thank you, Don!
      And hello from Romania (・◡・)

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      1. And hello from Orstralia……

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Congratulations Dragos, your writings all ways ring true. I often write something read it and go that is just not good enough and some times I just delete the material, now I have learned to hang on to it and revisit. Music is how I write me best stuff or even better sometimes it is a movie that touches me so deeply I can’t stop crying. Drinking gives me a massive migraine and perhaps that was God’s way of keeping me from following the drinking habits of my parents. I seldom have even one glass of wine which I love. Not worth the risk. I always enjoy reading your work it is often like there is a wonderful honesty tucked in there which I always appreciate so much. Great piece. Big hugs and hope you get a few days in the light for the holiday. Joni xoxoxo

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    1. (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ Thank you, Joni!

      It’s definitely better not to be able to drink, because then you get too used to it and it becomes a problem.
      I tried writing to music as well, but if it’s with lyrics I can’t help focusing on them and forgetting about the writing. So if it’s music, for me it’s got to be instrumentals only :))

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Absolutely agree with everything you said Dragos. I listen to all instrumental pieces many being light jazz. You are most welcomed. I always enjoy your posts. Blessings to you my friend. 🦋🤗🌹

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