To Keep A True Lent

19 03 2013

Is this a fast, to keep 
                The larder lean? 
                            And clean 
From fat of veals and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish 
                Of flesh, yet still 
                            To fill 
The platter high with fish?

Is it to fast an hour, 
                Or ragg’d to go, 
                            Or show 
A downcast look and sour?

No; ‘tis a fast to dole 
                Thy sheaf of wheat, 
                            And meat, 
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife, 
                From old debate 
                            And hate; 
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent; 
                To starve thy sin, 
                            Not bin; 
And that’s to keep thy Lent. 

Robert Herrick



3 responses

31 03 2013
pistolet hukowy

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26 06 2013
sohila zadran

Great blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Appreciate it!

4 07 2013
D. Raymond-Wryhte

In the way of a quick reply: if you can, do both.

1. Set up your own webpage that is to be available to your readers, however many they are and wherever they are. On this, post news of your work, samples, and musings regarding your on-going endeavor. This would be your fan page.
2. Consider a more formal webpage where you post — for free — essays, editorials, commentaries, reviews, poems, short stories … whatever you intend to be taken seriously. You will do this in an effort to gain readers, build an audience, and read constructive (and destructive) feedback.
3. Write and submit your work to agents, book publishers, contests, and magazines both conventional and electronic. Always pay close attention to their writers guidelines.
4. If you have time and energy to handle more than one website, try it … at least for a while. Facebook. Twitter. Linked In. Word Press. Etc.
5. If you have a day job, so to speak, continue working and earning money to set aside. You may very well want the money to pay for custom publishing. For unknown writers, custom publishing has become all but necessary these days. You pay to publish yourself via a reputable firm that helps you with editing, cover design, print-on-demand, and marketing/publicity. Be careful: choose a reputable custom or co-publisher, not an outfit that will print anything you submit just to take your money. And speaking of money, plan to spend at least $10,000 American.
6. Consider Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program (and competing programs that are similar).

Note: in this day and age, if you are not famous or infamous, you as a writer are required to establish your own platform and build your own audience, also known as a fan base. The more readers you have, the more easily you can persuade a publisher to pay to print your material.

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