I was thinking about “Ars Poetica” the other day, a poem by Archibald MacLeish. It ends with the lines

A poem should not mean
But be.

That’s also what writing practice is. It doesn’t need evaluation or explanation, it just is. Whatever you write that day is your writing for that day. It’s practice.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “Archibald.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Archibald”

  1. “Did you say your name is Archibald? May I call you Archie”?
    “Absolutely not. My parents gave me this name and I’m sure it was for a good reason. Besides which, wasn’t there a comic strip character named Archie? I’m not the comical type.”
    “Well, in fact there was such a character. And he was a really good guy.
    “Oh well, if he was a really good guy and you would like to go out for dinner some time, just call me Archie.”
    “You’re on Archie. Any by the way, your are so gosh darn cute.”

  2. The first person that comes to mind when I hear the name Archibald, is Cary Grant. His birth name was Archibald Alexander Leach. I don’t know how his Hollywood moniker came about, but in my opinion, it conjures the debonair image with the striking good looks that characterized this actor.

  3. Archibald leads to the mountain top. This street parallels Haven Avenue, and the nearby mountain range is very visible from it. The mountain range, at times, contains snow which allows drivers to realize another world is near. Pleasant thoughts concerning the other world and winter recreation are developed on Archibald.

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