Writer's Block -- Thoughts on a Poem

Updated on June 2, 2019


I've learned to view the times when I have Writer's Block with a sense of humor. Rather than sweeping away the frustrations, or stuffing them away in a mental drawer somewhere, I shake the confusion of thoughts and letters out of my head, and onto paper. It helps me to 'write' the bend and turn the corner. :-) Has this ever happened to you?


Writer's Block ... Brief on a Poem


Flimsy, slimsey

Flam flam

Words...

Sticks, dots, curves,

Confetti's of wood

Fall to the floor,

Needing a broom.



Just Jack - Writer's Block

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    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Mary!

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Way to go when the block comes.

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      Genna East 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Rajan -- thank you! :-) Good to see you.

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      Genna East 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Billie... My apologies for being so late in responding but I've been away from the Hub for a couple of weeks. Many thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      13 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      You echoed my thoughts!

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      Billie Raucci 

      13 months ago from Illinois

      Great poem!

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      Genna East 

      14 months ago

      Hi Shauna...

      Thank you for the visit and the fun comment! I always keep that broom handy. :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      At least you put something on paper, Genna. When I have writer's block, I can't even make it to the computer.

      Fun poem. Use that broom to sweep the words into a corner rather than out the door. You may need them again some day!

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      Genna East 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Robert. Thank you! I'm glad this brought a smile. :-)

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      RTalloni 

      14 months ago

      Anyone who's worked at writing poetry will smile at this one. Well done! :)

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      Genna East 

      14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Lawrence...

      I like your cure. Sounds good to me. :-) Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Genna

      I wouldn't call mine writer's block, more like writer's exhaustion, that has happened to me a few times.

      My cure is rest. A good sleep, a few days doing something else and we're away again!

      Nice little poem though.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Shannon. So true! A very perceptive comment. :-)

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Gypsy -- well said. Words can be stubborn or elude us. Thanks for the comment.

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      Shannon Henry 

      15 months ago from Texas

      Good one! It reminds me of starting to write and then stopping - it breaks my lead, which does fall to the floor. LOL

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      15 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Happens very often when you cannot find just the right words or the words are there but won't combine.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello, Ruby. Yup - that's exactly what it's like. Thanks, dear friend, for the comment and the smiles. :-)

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Linda... It kinda works for me. Our muse provides us with humor when we least expect it. Thanks for the visit.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Boy, can I relate! Words spinning going nowhere finally crashing on the floor, swept away until another day....Hee

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      Linda Crampton 

      15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's good to have some fun when discussing writer's block! Shaking the confusion out of our head and onto paper sounds like a great idea.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Nithya, that is the best I could hope for. Glad this little poem and video brought a smile. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Paula. Thanks for stopping by -- I like yours as well. Have a great week. :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      15 months ago from Dubai

      Writer's block can be frustrating but you have made it a fun read! Thumbs up!

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      Suzie 

      15 months ago from Carson City

      LOL, Genna. I like your humor and positive attitude! Paula

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Verlie. I can't imagine a writer who hasn't done a tad bit of sweeping at one time or another. It helps to smile. :-) You are a very talented poet...and I always enjoy your visits. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Peg. Isn't it strange how we can find ourselves taking on a new direction unexpectedly? Some people swear that the "Muse" is nonexistent. I disagree; it's how we quantify this Mistress -- our inner inspiration and motivation, our flights of allusion, illusion, and imagination. Thank you for sharing your experience, Peg, and for that thoughtful comment. :-)

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Audrey, you are such a good writer...and you and I both do the same thing -- walk away. Tomorrow is indeed another day, and sometimes it's good to find the silly in situations. Thanks so much for the lovely visit and comment.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      15 months ago from Canada

      Hi Genna, this makes me smile, what else can one do about writer's block? Just keep hacking away at it, I guess. I know, I have a lot of sweeping to do! Enjoyed the vid too. It's good to get silly sometimes.

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      Peg Cole 

      15 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I've been stuck in an uninspired loop on one particular story lately, while a new one popped into my brain quite unexpectedly. I love your poem and the Just Jack song which I'll probably be singing all day.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Genna

      I just deleted two hubs for this very reason. Your poem came just in time. Now, I'm finding the humor instead of frustration. I'm glad I "walked away" - tomorrow is another day.

      Your poem is full of truth and fun!

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks, Brenda. I enjoyed your visit, and appreciate the nice comment. I like the video's quirky sense of rhythmic rhyme and WB play on words:

      "in my own head consumed...

      I sit back in my room...

      it's like the tapestries of life

      get tangled in the loom..."

      I think we've probably all been there at one time or another. :-)

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Greetings, Pegy. I think helps me to shake it all out...its a way of confronting WB in the way it makes me feel, if that makes any sense. Good to see you, and thanks for the kind words.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Bill. Lol...well, temporarily cured, my friend. Thanks for the visit and comments. The silly unblockage helps.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mark... I couldn't agree more. Well said. Thank you. :-)

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      15 months ago from Washington Court House

      Genna, this is cute. I really enjoyed the video.

      Good take on writers block.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

      What a cute idea for a poem regarding writer's block. I liked the lines "Confetti's of wood

      Fall to the floor,

      Needing a broom."

      The video song topped this off beautifully. Hope your writer's block has been swept away! (Smile)

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Maria, thank you. I had fun writing this one, shaking out the debris. The quirky song just seemed to fit the mood. Hugs, and happy Sunday.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Chris. Exactly. And the sticks, dots, curves are parts of the letters of words. Wooden just doesn't cut it. I appreciate your visit and perceptive comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the silly unblockage! Carry on! You are officially cured. :)

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      Mark Tulin 

      15 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Enjoyed this. Having fun with ourself instead of having negative thoughts around writers block. Writing needs to be a joy, and sometimes we need to do something else when we feel stuck. And then come back to it.

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      Maria Jordan 

      15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Your muse never strays far, dear Genna. Thanks for this relatable and fun poem.

      Just Jack has me grinning from ear to ear. This may be a new favorite ;)

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      Chris Mills 

      15 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      I get it..."Confetti's of wood." I know those lifeless chunks of nothing very well. This is what inspired my "Writer Without a Clause" series. I write about what is on my mind at the time. Sometimes it can be silly stuff. Other times it is deep with meaning. But short stories can be tough. I've learned not to force too hard on this door. If it won't open, then I walk away and write something else.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Perspycacious -- Lol. Thank you for joining in on the humor. Enjoy Your day.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Heather...it happens to most of us at one time or another.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Tim. I like your solution to WB. Communities, whether rural or suburban, have a rhythm and step all their own. Thank you for the visit and kind words. Enjoy your Sunday.

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      Perspycacious 

      15 months ago

      Now I sense the origin of: Hey Diddle, Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, The Cow jumped over the Moon. The Little Dog laughed..., and the Dish ran away with the Spoon."

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mike...

      Writer's block for me is when I'm faced with words that are gobbledy gook that is wooden or forced. It's either there or it isn't. Good to see you my friend. I liked the quirkiness of the song...it seemed to fit the mood.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello, Bob. "Bin the lot" -- I like that. Lol. Thank you.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Pamela, we certainly have! Thanks so much for the visit and comment.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi John...

      Thank you; it was fun to write. :-)

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      Heather Ann 

      15 months ago

      Writer's block is the worst! Great read!

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      Tim Truzy 

      15 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, my creative friend,

      You confronted writers block as a poet would-write about it. Subtle but beautiful irony.

      Yes, I run into writer block, then I take a walk around the block, and play with the building blocks of language, and behold! The blocks become a brand new structure for me to turn into a city of verse.

      Love your work. You are a talented poetic voice on HP.

      Respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      mckbirdbks 

      15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna - What a nice piece. You share a brief spark of light. One drop, seeping through the dam, can bring a cascade of flowing words. Interesting song choice.

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      diogenes 

      15 months ago from UK and Mexico

      No...not block, but I often hate articles after a few paragraphs and bin the lot!

      Fun poem

      Bob

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Genna, I think we have all been there. Like John said, short and sweet but to the point. I like it.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Gemma, I like this bit of fun. Short but sweet. Good job.

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