I Wonder about Virginia Woolf: A Broken Sonnet

by John Guzlowski


Once she said, “Writing is like sex.
First you do it for love,

then you do it for your friends,
and then you do it for money.”

So why did she walk into the water,
Had the writing stopped?

Was she dreaming less
at the desk in her room?

Did she realize she was only
writing for the money?

And the money was paper
no ink could change?

Probably not.

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2 thoughts on “I Wonder about Virginia Woolf: A Broken Sonnet

  1. I think the main reason was life long depression, originating partly from her incestual sex abuse and partly in the response of many talented and brilliant women to the suppression or marginalization of their abilities, for her, beginning with her overbearing father.

    I know this is a poem, and not history or biography. I understand using her as a symbol for all of our struggles with the setup and start of our own gifts. She’s just a hero of mine and I felt compelled to comment.

    Your poem is a fine one. As I said, it speaks to a condition that plagues so many of us when the ink slows for awhile.

    Best wishes.

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