Prayer of a mercenary during Holy Week.
Sisters and brothers in Christ:
Writing is difficult. Writing well is very difficult. Writing very well is a quality of the literary gods.
For a non-English speaker, writing in English is very difficult. Writing well in English is tremendously difficult. Writing very well in English is impossible.
It is for a non-English speaker .
(Repeat three more times).
So, the highest we non-English speakers can aspire to is to write well. And what is more, in the best of the scenarios, with the knowledge that we will only be able to write — doing it with an enormous effort.
It may not seem like much, but I attest that it is quite a feat.
Writing in another language is a big problem. It is the sum of frustrations: writing by itself and not knowing the secrets of a foreign language.
In other words, writing in English for me is like going as a mercenary to the never-ending war of literature. Or go to Kenya with Hemingway on safari without knowing how to use a shotgun.
P.S. I dedicate this prayer to two blessed Saints: St. Grammarly and St. Hemingway (and also to authentic Mr. Ernest H.).