The Creative Hit

Image sourced via Magpie tales from here

The telltale signs
Of a frustrated writer
Stained ink on walls
And crumpled papers
He tries to work
From dawn till sunset
But the words fail him
With no creative ideas yet

As the days go by
The self-doubt grows
Thoughts of being useless
Lead to deeper lows

Reaching for the bottle
Might help with the words
But alas, all it does
Is make everything blurred

Inspired by other poets
He tries drugs for that high
While images dance in his head
The words are nowhere nigh

A stronger dose
Is what he needs
To help create that story
And sow its seed

And so the budding author
Shoots up a whole lot more
Waiting for the hit it gives
As the drugs seep into his pores

He will never write that book
Because the drugs didn’t work
Instead they left the author
Dead to the living world
***This has been written for Magpie Tales 89 and One Single Impression Prompt 192***

Until next time,


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  • Nanka
    1 November 2011 at 9:32 am

    A good read with a great message!! 
    Nothing works better than hard work!! Leaning on those crutches for an impetus only drifts us further away!! 
    A marvelous work!!

  • Lucy Westenra
    1 November 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Very true to the mindset of the writer who never writes. I liked this Magpie.

  • Doctor FTSE
    1 November 2011 at 7:17 pm


  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 12:08 am

    Thanks Nanka! I agree…sometimes we like to take the easy way out but in the end, hard work is probably the best…after all, it never killed anyone! 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 12:08 am

    Welcome to this space Lucy! Thanks for the comment…glad you enjoyed this!

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 12:09 am

    Welcome here Doctor FTSE! Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

  • Write Girl
    2 November 2011 at 1:20 am

    What a chilling ending to the poem…it is sad tale and fate of drug use. Nicely written.

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 3:36 am

    Thanks Write Girl…I hope I managed to get a message across about the ills of drugs…

  • nisha punjabi
    2 November 2011 at 4:35 am

    wow.. i’m not such a fan of poetry on blogs.. but this one’s really good. love the flow of words here.

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 5:01 am

    Thanks Nisha for your lovely comment! If I could blush, I would be now… 🙂

  • Vishnu
    2 November 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Writing is hard work! You capture the challenges of being a writer in  a very poetic way.

  • Dee
    2 November 2011 at 1:26 pm

    wow.. absolutely loved it! It has such a nice profound flow.. really well versed!!! 🙂

  • Bikram
    2 November 2011 at 4:59 pm

    ohhh sad i will say.. 

    loved the poem but seems to be so REAL 


  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I agree Vishnu…writing is not easy! Especially when people go through phases of writer’s block! Thanks for the lovely comment… 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Dee…glad you liked it! 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    2 November 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Bikram…I’m honoured you think it seems so real… 🙂

  • Morning
    3 November 2011 at 1:57 am

    you are such a gem, love your deep and beautiful poetic thoughts here.

  • Psych Babbler
    3 November 2011 at 4:26 am

    Thank you Morning for that lovely comment! 🙂 Much appreciated…

  • L. Rice-Sosne
    3 November 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This was well done!

  • L. Rice-Sosne
    3 November 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This is well done … hm, having a hard time commenting.

  • Psych Babbler
    3 November 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Welcome here L Rice-Sosne! Thanks for the comment… 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    3 November 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Hmm…that’s funny…it seems to have come across. Can you tell me what the problem with commenting was? Might need to look into it…

  • Magali
    5 November 2011 at 9:21 pm

    You’re really good at this! I’m not a poet but can definitely connect with the sentiment.

  • Psych Babbler
    6 November 2011 at 4:55 am

    Thanks Mags…and glad you were able to connect with this! 🙂