Busy Pen vs. Blindfold

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Haibun Monday
Writer's Block  (posted by Frank Tassone)

I have a dual reaction to sad.  At times,
I must write to get through it.  I pen poems

Other times, my mind whirls like a kaleidoscope, causing
focus to become impossible.  In this state of nothingness,
I look for prompts, stare at photographs, and flip
through magazines.  It is always a relief when I can
go back to writing.  A great deal of anxiety precedes it.

                log in a stream
                risky to balance with bumps
                takes one across water


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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25 Responses to Busy Pen vs. Blindfold

  1. lynn__ says:

    A fitting haiku at the end, Sara…definitely a risky balance!


  2. I do understand what you are saying. Writers block is all part of writing [or not] where one waits for fresh inspiration to come, which it does, quite unexpectedly I find. I used to get anxious about it but now just wait, and wait, and wait… 😀


  3. msjadeli says:

    You describe the feelings and how you process them well here.


  4. Great haiku, and great description of something we’ve all felt. It will come. It will come.


  5. Misky says:

    It is very therapeutic, that’s for certain. I’ve also found it so.


  6. Ingrid says:

    It can be hard to write in times of extreme anxiety or upset, as you’ve said, but it can also carry us through. Nicely put!


  7. Dora says:

    A tricky balance indeed! And the relief is palpable when it comes.


  8. Yes. Prompts are my fallback, as well.


  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    Often I write a haibun dictated by my muse as a midnight epiphany, only to find the challenge is a subject that’s light years away from my write. Arrrgh. Hence my writer’s block haibun has to do with grocery stores….!


  10. As a great lover of metaphors, I love your log, Sara! ❤



  11. That haiku describes it so well. Sometimes we just go with the flow…


  12. Ain Starlingsson says:

    Focus to become impossible…indeed…yes

    Well done…


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