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Writer's Block -- Thoughts on a Poem

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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

Comments

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on August 14, 2019:

Thank you, Mary!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 13, 2019:

Way to go when the block comes.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on August 11, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on August 11, 2019:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 08, 2019:

You echoed my thoughts!

Billie Raucci from Illinois on August 01, 2019:

Great poem!

Genna East on July 28, 2019:

Hi Shauna...

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 26, 2019:

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!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on July 24, 2019:

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

RTalloni on July 21, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on July 15, 2019:

Hi Lawrence...

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

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 14, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 08, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 08, 2019:

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

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2019:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 07, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 07, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 07, 2019:

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 07, 2019:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 04, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 04, 2019:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 04, 2019:

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

Suzie from Carson City on June 03, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 03, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 03, 2019:

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. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 03, 2019:

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.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 03, 2019:

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.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 03, 2019:

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.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2019:

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!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 02, 2019:

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

Good take on writers block.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2019:

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)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2019:

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

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on June 02, 2019:

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.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 02, 2019:

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 ;)

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 02, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 02, 2019:

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.

Perspycacious on June 01, 2019:

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."

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 01, 2019:

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.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 01, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 01, 2019:

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

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 01, 2019:

Hi John...

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

Heather Ann on June 01, 2019:

Writer's block is the worst! Great read!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 01, 2019:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 01, 2019:

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.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on June 01, 2019:

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

Fun poem

Bob

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2019:

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

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 01, 2019:

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