A Poem, A Poem, My Kingdom for a Poem ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
9/9/2005 10:54 pm

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A Poem, A Poem, My Kingdom for a Poem ...

I'm frustrated.

"What's new?", I hear you ask, dear reader.

Yes, that too ... but right now I'm frustrated because there seem to be hoards of pieces of poetry bubbling up inside of me and I simply seem unable to get them out onto paper.

I've never wanted to write poetry: I remember quite clearly someone saying that writing poetry was like teenage masturbation - done in secret and with a sense of shame

I report that tongue in cheek as I hope you appreciate. Forget that few who make their living from poetry; there are plenty of talented poets out here in Blogland who manage to touch me every time they post something.

But I've never counted myself amongst this elite and it doesn't matter what others think of my attempts at verse. Given the choice, I'd never write anything but prose again. Unfortunately, I have to write verse sometimes - it's as if I am no more than a conduit for pieces that are already, in some way, out there. If I try to refuse what comes through, well, that's a good way to give myself a headache!

But right now I cannot translate what comes through into the finished article. Maybe that's just because so much seems to demand writing or maybe that's simply because there is so much on my mind at the moment.

Either way it's driving me batty. When I wake up before dawn (on a Saturday!) and feel I need to pick up a pen and start trying to translate the ideas I've been having for the last few days ... only to realise that the pending dawn is adding a new piece to the queue ... this is not good!

I think it's probably time to end this blog entry and go and bang my head on a handy wall


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
9/10/2005 3:41 am

Jx... it will happen when the time is right. I went through a stage of leaving a little note book and pencil beside the bed because I also found I was waking up with words that were desperate to leave my thoughts and land on paper.

I look forward to seeing the results, if you ever have the desire to share them.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
9/10/2005 3:46 am

oh oh....there s something reallllllllly serious going on here lol. Before dawn?? on a Saturday ?? I m just about getting home at that time....(maybe you heard me and thats what woke you LO

diz xx

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
9/10/2005 11:50 am

Careful with that pretty head of yours!

slightly_sexy8 38F
314 posts
9/10/2005 12:21 pm

when i am working on something i often have several days where i am seemingly not doing anything, just floating around, thinking, and then the moment arrives and the work just flows.

what is it you want to write about?

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/10/2005 4:33 pm

EE ... "pretty head"??? My, oh my!

Dizzy ... You're right, of course: I told you exactly where the key was but you had to bang on the door, didn't you? And what was that you were singing? Four-and-Twenty Virgins? I never realised you had such an, um, interesting vocabulary

Helga, Sightly ... oh you're both right of course: when the time is right the words will flow properly. It's taken me a long time to accept that sometimes the waiting time is as important as anything else.

Slightly ... I don't usually choose what I write about; it feels more as if material is chosen for me, certainly when it comes to verse. As I said, it's usually as if the theme and the shape are already there and it's just a matter of trying to fit the right words to it so as to achieve what I can already see. Did that make any sense???

Helga ... Some of what comes out gets posted here of course - watch this space! Ask me nicely and I might even email you some of my longer and more private pieces

rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
9/10/2005 5:50 pm

ohhhhh I know this feeling. I HATE this feeling. When I have a poem (or story) in my head that refuses to take form. I find it distracting & when someone asks me "whats wrong?" I respond : "theres a poem trying to write itself in my head"

SJ *realizing that was not the least bit helpful, but I feel better having said it*

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/10/2005 6:49 pm

SJ ... Spot on, ma'am, spot on! And knowing that it'll eventually worm its way out is very little comfort during that period of gestation! I'm starting to realise that maybe this is normal

Either that ... or there are a hell of a lot of 'abnormal' people like me around!

brightblonde3 58F

9/10/2005 7:26 pm

Quiet, write, just write... *picking up whip to crack*
Prose, verse, grocery lists. Just write.
And do remember, normal is highly overrated.


rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
9/10/2005 8:02 pm

I can tell you what works for me,something really terrible happens in my life or I see it in the news, and the words autmatically form in my head. Try watching CNN sometime, very depressing.

rm_eos_ 106F
44 posts
9/11/2005 1:24 am

Isn't is beautiful to be able to see the new dawn?

~ VERY innocent look ~

helga is right .... it will come, when it needs to get out, be written, it will .... All in due time my friend

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/11/2005 1:30 am

BB ... You really don't need to use the whip to get me writing, ma'am - I'm already a compulsive writer, just sometimes a frustrated one! Save the whip for other, more worthwhile occasions!

Saintlianna ...It's an odd thing: my poetry, such as it is, tends to come predominantly from the tragic things while my prose tends to emerge mostly from the happier times. Mind you, it's not a golden rule ... and I would almost bet that the next half-dozen pieces I write will be a reversal of this generalisation!

Life, in my humble experience, loves irony!

freetime648 52F

9/11/2005 4:29 am

It will come in due time Quiet! Trust me...when you least expect it you poetic side will catch up to your brain and then BAM...you have a poem sitting in front of you that you have to say...WOW! Where did that come from!!!???

xx FREETIME648 xx

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/11/2005 1:08 pm

Free ... I have to agree as I've already said ... it's just hard waiting sometimes!

Sallypus ... I'm with you as far as prose is concerned. I can sit with a blank piece of paper and write as many words of prose as you desire - it might even be interesting sometimes! - but, for me at least, it's different when it comes to poetry. It's probably because I am at best a reluctant poet; but there comes a point even in the development of a piece of verse when it is time for me to cudgel the ol' brain cells to force it onto paper!

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