Coffee and Cake at the Writers Club
They recorded their lives in a Moleskin,
as no other notebook would do,
read out to their friends their brief odds and ends
over coffee and tiramisu.
When each reading was done they’d consider,
before offering their pearls of advice,
whilst thinking of course, theirs was better than yours,
they’d still say that yours was quite nice.
For the rules to the game were that simple,
for anyone wanting to play:
If you’re praised by the pack you must praise them right back
as mutual back-slapping’s the way.
Fall foul of this rule and be wary,
I warn you be wary indeed,
offend the old guard and you’ll soon find it hard,
to register more than one read.
Though some skins are thicker than others
and can handle a word to the wise,
most writers have skins so incredibly thin
and egos as big as the sky.
Which means the back-slapping's crucial,
without it their spirits would break,
self-esteems would go pop, the writing would stop,
and there’d be no more coffee and cake.