When Block

When I run out of words
I sometimes think
that I lost my mind
in a troubled sink.

Trouble with syncing
to what I know
is a wealth of rhyme
feeling the flow.

When this feel I’ve lost
I’m not the same.
Thoughts twist and turn
searching to claim

what it thinks it knows
what it thinks it wants
what ceases to grow
what ceases to haunt.

As these twists and turns
never to end
never to lead
to the very next bend.

For a bend is a twist
and a twist a turn
so bending this way
will unturn the turn.

And twisting that way
will unbend the bend
so watch how you turn
‘fore you straighten your end.

A lesson I’ve learned
when writing a rhyme
is to feel the flow
and the flow in time.

For without the flow
there’s no time for rhyme
and what else is left
but a largely blank mind?

So at my keyboard I sit
with nothing to say
and nothing to do
all this long day

except stare at a cursor
blinking its tease.
All I need is one word
to set me at ease.

But the word escapes me
it just won’t come.
Maybe I can bribe it
by acting dumb.

Or what I’ll do
to throw it a bone
is think of two words
so it won’t be alone.

They’re “words” for a reason,
jointly they belong,
sharing the page
forming a song.

But alas here I am
struggling to find
even one of these words
to jump in my mind.

So I must stop searching,
give it a rest.
Could be writer’s block
is totes for the best.

But if all hours spent
were on something else,
then I wouldn’t have time
to find a rhyme for “else.”

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9 thoughts on “When Block

  1. Oh the dreaded writer’s block! You’ve read my mind with this one. I could relate to every bit of this. Lately, the words just seem to escape or slip and it’s so frustrating when you’ve got to force the flow. Hoping it’ll pass. Glad I read this. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I appreciate it. 🙂

      One thing I’ve learned is to not force it. Just let it come. Allow your mind to be blank. Embrace the nothingness. Feel the words flowing through you. Instead of trying to tell the words how to form, let yourself feel the words forming the way they wish.

      Oh wow, that so sounded like Obi-Wan telling Luke how to use the Force, didn’t it? Okay, maybe not exactly, but it’s kind of similar. I guess.

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