I sought to write


I thought to write,
but as it were,
my thoughts were but
a sully blur.
And eyes were glass,
and heart was pale,
oh, what an ass,
a sorry fail!

And still I tried,
I tarried on,
I sought to find
the words were gone.
But all they did
was laugh at me,
around and ’round,
“Tee-hee! Tee-hee!”

Determined now,
I hurried on,
Forget the night,
I’d seize the dawn.
I grabbed my pen,
I found my ale,
some coffee, too,
forget the kale!

And there I sat,
and sat, and sat,
’til glazey-eyed,
I saw a bat.
I swung and swirled
and tipped and twirled,
I missed the words,
but rocked the world!

And then I sat,
and sat and sat,
’til, eyelids drooped,
I heard the cat.
And in he came,
and out I went,
Forget the words,
this writer’s spent.


Note: This is based on a real life story: After days at work, this has often been me. Oh, how I have wanted to write. Oh, how words have evaded me.


For a (very bad) audio of this poem, click below.

Image: Google — Kafka burning the midnight oil

18 thoughts

    • Thanks, Dan! Now that the school year is over I’m working on new job applications… Good times… Working on graduate school applications, too. It’s a lot. Hope you’ve been well!

  1. I hope at some point you find the time to write, Jess. Like this poem. It is beautiful and so emotional. So tender and so…touching. We’ve all been there at some point, been there frustrated because we don’t seem to have time to do what we want. I’m sure others relate to your words :)

    I’ve had a lot of time on my hands lately and I’ve been writing what is supposedly my first book…and I’ve realised that eventhough time might be on your hands, sometimes the creative passion eludes…frustrating. Hope you’re having a good weekend, and have a good week :)

    • Thanks so much, Mabel. I just feel overwhelmed a lot, and when I’m overwhelmed, I can’t focus on writing. I keep thinking I should write a book, too, but I’ve got to figure out how to do that around… Life. I’m glad you liked my poem! Hope you’ve been well!! It’s always good to hear from you. :)

  2. I heard the so-called very bad audio, in which the way you had stressed the last “forget” made clear the intent of wording. It’s actually pretty good. Sorry that it didn’t click at first when I read it.

  3. Love this ~ brilliant and just a great rhythm with the words (and your voice)…reminds me of how Seinfeld built his show on “nothing” and something that “nothing” is everything. Wonderful and well done.

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