Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn…

writingpenguinWhen is a penguin not a penguin?

I’m no expert, but I’m going to go with WHEN HE’S NOT PENGUINING.

Seems obvious.

If I transpose this logic to the question I’ve been asking myself of late, the emphatic answer I come up with is WHEN HE’S NOT WRITING.

The question? When is a writer not a writer?

That’s it and that’s all. It’s that easy and it’s that hard.

So why the title, you may ask (if you’re even still here…since not writing seems to be mostly the only thing I’m writing about these days and I’m aware that it’s a boring topic to write about).


“Talking about your troubles, it’s a crying sin.”

Using that logic–which is from the song Spinning Wheels by Blood, Sweat & Tears–I should basically shut up and write.


“Talking about your troubles and you, you never learn.”

Also lyrics from the song.

Talking about your troubles doesn’t take them away. It emphasizes them. It highlights them. It inflames them. But it doesn’t take them away.

“Drop all your troubles, by the river side.”

Also lyrics from the song.

Is it that easy? Could it possibly BE that easy? (Whoa…did I just channel Chandler Bing?)

Can I just remove my troubles by putting one word in front of the other?

I suppose, then, that it’s time to..

“Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel fly.”

So, when is a penguin a penguin?

When he’s penguining.

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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