Writer’s Block: Pantoum by Rich Smith

Writer’s Block

by Rich Smith

I visit new pages every night
Astonishing emotions flash my mind
Moments of forgotten intimacy
When pen’s not married to paper

Astonishing emotions flash my mind
Disappearing in morn’s light
When pen’s not married to paper
The divorce condemns me

Disappearing in morn’s light
The fates turn their heads
The divorce condemns me
Words comply with the ruling

The fates turn their heads
My tapestry portends little
Words comply with the ruling
I struggle in my cell

My tapestry portends little
I’m starving without words
I struggle in my cell
My wick trimmed too short

I’m starving without words
Can used paper apportion a meal
My wick trimmed too short
To read words on my walls

Can used paper apportion a meal
Or defraud; an empty menu
Vaporous meals, my words cold
Sumptuous banquets in my dreams

Pages fill when I sleep
Narratives of covert emotions
Moments of forgotten intimacy
When pen’s not married to paper

5 thoughts on “Writer’s Block: Pantoum by Rich Smith

  1. Thank you so much Terry, I value your opinion. Still think back on occasion how much much I enjoyed last semester’s writing. Off to Polish something for Nickle Stories for tonight – Best Rich

    • Thank you, your specific comments are much appreciated! I’m humbled that my first try at poetry found favor. Love your blog and jealous that you write with Natalie. Her first book introduced me to fiction last semester in such a sensitive way. Next semester is poetry with Miriam While I love fiction I found that some things need saying through poetry. With 1 1/2 semester of writing under my belt I’m just one knot in a large Tabriz, Best, Rich

  2. This is beautiful Rich. I love the connection with writing and hunger. “My tapestry portends little”…absolutely love the image that goes with this. Thank you for sharing!

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