Drawing The Blank

It’s Open Link Night again at dVerse Poets. I think it’s a live broadcast this week, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to click on in. I KNOW there will be plenty of great reading at the Mr. Linky, though

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Drawing The Blank

Even the sleep-impaired, sleep-deprived,
incoherent insomniac must comply:
there will be no exceptions made,
no exemptions granted.

Even though the earliest light
only magnifies the empty, 
it is precisely that magnification
which is to be recorded.

Rejection of the task is
disallowed; surrender to
lassitude strictly forbidden

So: Now what?
Another Nagasaki Morning?
Another Gone With The Wind?

Not likely; probably just some
reheated leftover coffee and
another screenful of nothing.

(Ron. is at: 27:50)

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dVerse Poets
Open Link Night #288
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15 thoughts on “Drawing The Blank

  1. I remember one of my writing teachers said we had to turn in one free write at the end of class. No excuses. You should have seen the train wrecks I put down on paper. Fun to write, probably hard on the brain.

  2. I remember one of my writing teachers said we had to turn in one free write at the end of class. No excuses. You should have seen the train wrecks I put down on paper. Fun to write, probably hard on the brain that had to read it.

  3. This is incredibly hard-hitting and poignant. I resonate with; “Even though the earliest light only magnifies the empty, it is precisely that magnification which is to be recorded.”

  4. I often prefer to write at other times in the mornings. I think having the discipline to write from morning to evening is something that would require a lot of training…. I once heard that Stephen King said that he always left a final passage in the evening simply to know that then he knew what he would do first.

  5. If I had to write my poems when I first woke up they’d all be written in moans and grunts……and brief!! It’s the middle of the night for me! Loved your poem, Ron.

  6. Sometimes its better not to force yourself I think and wait until the words come. I have found this as I’ve set myself a challenge of posting a poem a day on Twitter. I have learned not to start until I feel the creative spark.

  7. I love this, Ron! Although I am a morning person, the best time to write for me, it does take me a while to get going. If I draw a blank, I give up, read and comment on the previous day’s poems. The lines I identify with are:
    ‘Even though the earliest light
    only magnifies the empty,
    it is precisely that magnification
    which is to be recorded.’
    Just as you have done here.

  8. I particularly liked the second stanza, Ron. I think every writer can relate to sometimes not being able to get anything down. That’s when I go for a walk or take a shower. . . I am such a morning person, but I don’t usually start writing right away.

  9. Morning is for coffee, the newspaper. Writing when the urge strikes …. the way it is in Bend Oregon anyway. Love this and as always enjoyed watching/listening to you.

  10. i love sunrises with a coffee it sometimes helps me find my words. never having taken any kind of creative writing course i somtimes find the disipline difficult to find. so my blank screen is very often left blank .

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