Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick: Actor, Rocker … Poet?

08/22/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick: Actor, Rocker … Poet?
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He plays the ever-arrogant Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl and rocks out with his band, The Filthy Youth, but Ed Westwick has a surprising sensitive side -- and a way with words.

"I've been writing a lot of poetry recently," Westwick, 21, revealed to PEOPLE during a launch party for Coca-Cola's new aluminum bottles at New York City's Soho Grand. "It helps me think and work things out."

Westwick shared a poem from memory that he wrote "at like six in the morning."

But don't read too much into the words. "Right now I feel like nothing I've been writing has a definitive point of aim," the actor says. "I feel like you just need to keep writing until the writing itself just begins to take shape." -- Laura Hahn and Alyssa Shelasky



Read on for Westwick's untitled poem:



Tell me what can you want?

You've got it all.

Things are real in a handshake.

Rest my bones these days in a different way.

Cherish the change; it may not stay.

I remember your dress,

Like dreams when you wake with a sudden start.

You're beside me in the dark,

Wrapped in my arms.

Love is being entranced in a glance,

To muster up courage when you're flustered,

To stumble on the words you prepare.

Don't worry about the money that went down the drain

Because the best things in life are free.


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