Writers Block for We Write Poems

Writer’s Block

The pen slithers and slides across clean crisp paper.
Ink flows smoothly, fluidly, fluently,
producing incomprehensible gobbledegook.

The anxious poet tears her hair,
for all these adjectives, clichéd adverbs
and purple prose should not be there.

The pen is mislaid
The poet is rambling,
searching in vain

as words by the thousand
arrive uninvited
while she is disarmed.

Alarmed, she turns on the computer
but nothing to type there;
all words have fled.

her brain’s a void.
She’s out of her head
with fear.

Useless: stress
doesn’t help.
What a mess.

one day words
will reappear. 

Have faith.

This is an old one, written in my early days of poetic effusion.  It seems to fit the We Write Poems prompt so well.

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11 Responses to Writers Block for We Write Poems

  1. I have my rambling moments, too…when nothing that comes out makes any sense, but sometimes I go with it. And save the rambling for a later poem…when suddenly I dig in my closet and find just the thing I need. Thanks for sharing. 🙂



  2. vivinfrance says:

    Glad you all enjoyed it. It was fun to write – unlike the block it describesd.


  3. neil reid says:

    Humor and faith, good companions I think. I like your poem Viv. The poet disarmed, I love that phrase! A bowl of fruit was empty first (pretty trite of me to say, but true none the less). Thanks for sharing this one.


  4. Viv, you have a great take on the prompt. We all get it, like the common cold. And sometimes, it’s just reaching for the tissue that causes a shift in view and… you’re off and running! (no pun intended) Amy


  5. Have faith. Yes. Only then our writing flows…

    an ordinary moment


  6. Irene says:

    I had fun with this Viv. Faith!


  7. earlybird says:

    Love the form too.


  8. Mike Patrick says:

    Every poet understands this poem. If we printed every stutter and start that went nowhere, we could fill the Library of Congress. I used to keep a file of them for when I had time to revisit them. I never got back; finally threw them away.


  9. pamela says:

    I believe this happens to all of us, Viv.



  10. Definately speaks to all of us who have the block!


  11. Tilly Bud says:

    I like this one, Viv, particularly

    The pen is mislaid
    The poet is rambling,

    All of my poems start off like that. The shorter they are, the longer they were at first.


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