Thursday, October 15, 2009

Writer's Block :)

I know that I should write tonight,
for it’s been a couple days.
I know I really should- alright?
But my brain, my hand obeys.

There are a million thoughts to think,
but I can’t find a one.
There are a zillion dreams to dream,
but sleep just will not come.

You’d think I could find a topic
with all I’ve seen and heard.
You’d think I could unlock it-
the box of captive words.

Oh sure, I’ve got my trusty pals-
the clouds, the stars, the moon.
Oh sure, there’s love and joy and pain-
but they’re exhausted, too!

Well, it seems new thoughts won’t visit me,
though I beg and plead and curse.
It seems old words just will not lend
themselves to any verse.

So I put my pencil down, my friends,
for writer’s block has won.
Yes, I put my pencil…oh, BUT WAIT!
Just look at what I’ve done…

9 comments:

  1. There were two inspirations for this poem. My students began writing fiction today and watching some of them experience agonizing writer's block, it brought to mind all the nights that I have sat with a pencil desiring to write a poem with nothing but a blank canvas and a blank mind. :)
    Also, I re-read some Shel Silverstein poetry today (from his book Falling Up) and it was so delightful and playful that I wanted to attempt something silmilar.

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  2. I will tell my children tomorrow that the process is the result. And the result is the process. You told me this with a smile ...

    Best wishes
    Ralf

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  3. Yes, just look at what you have done and you did it wonderfully Kristin.
    Good job!
    I love Shel Silverstein ... good inspitation there and of-course your students (you must share your poem with them tomorrow)

    Have a good evening and take care.

    Margie:)

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  4. "BUT WAIT! Just look at what I've done..."

    ___You sound so surprised; another fine one, Kristin! _m

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  5. Well, i don't really understand writer's block....and the reason is exactly this -- one can always write marvellously about his/her writers block, as you did, Kristin :)

    and otherwise i agree with Ralf....its the process-result- process thing :)

    writers are capable of creating new worlds...but may have to see it fall back to where it was or even worse....experience the torment and then they write again, perhaps :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  6. Delightful and I can so relate I also have writer/photographer/reader BLOCK lol

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  7. That was just too good Kristin!!!

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