Poetry

Elusive words

I try to write
but the words won’t flow
too many thoughts
for me to explore

it’s usually cathartic
to get them out;
but the words don’t come
they merely swim around

the dread keeps building,
my emotions overflow
yet the words I need
remain firmly untold

I put pen to paper
in a bid to write
but my well of creativity
is empty inside

I ask for tips
any advice of sorts
I try to read books
to inspire my thoughts

but all it does
is make me dwell
on how I cannot write
to save myself

someday soon
I hope the clouds clear
so I can weave stories
I once held dear

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (29 January 2020)

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  • Reema D'souza
    30 January 2020 at 12:29 am

    I kept nodding as I read each line because I’ve been through this so often! And hey, I think you can link up to Wednesday Verses this week because the prompt and this poem go together.

  • SMD
    30 January 2020 at 1:58 am

    I hate feeling bottled up when the words won’t come.

  • Melony
    30 January 2020 at 10:16 am

    Sometimes the words just won’t come, but in this instance, the lack of words still were better than no words at all. I’m glad you found some to fill the void. Xoxo

  • Shilpa Gupte
    30 January 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Oh yeah, I hear you Sanch!
    How many times have I stared blankly at the computer screen or my notebook, waiting for the right words, the perfect words, and given up because they just wouldn’t come to me!
    And, it worsens when I visit other blogs and read the beautiful writing there and come back wondering when I will be able to manage something like that. 🙂
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  • asha
    30 January 2020 at 9:50 pm

    These feelings are so real and so universal. Have you tried daily writing exercises? Even if they’re terrible, I find that the more I do habitual writing, the easier it becomes to marshal my thoughts into some kind of cohesive order. I’m pleased to see you stretching your wings into poetry too. I’ve been playing with poetry recently. It’s a form I love, but I’m not very good at.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      30 January 2020 at 10:25 pm

      I really should try daily exercises. I’ve always started and stopped…need to get more consistent with it

  • northie
    31 January 2020 at 6:17 am

    I imagine every writer experiences this at one time or another, Sanch. I try to do something connected with writing every day – editing, finessing, word weeding – if I don’t manage to actually write anything.
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  • Michelle Hanley
    31 January 2020 at 9:11 am

    Oh, I have felt this lately! You should give yourself a break though, because if you can write so beautifully about not writing, imagine what will happen when you feel inspired again. I love that you put this in poem form – it gave it a unique perspective.

  • January 2020 Reflections - Sanch Writes
    2 February 2020 at 2:36 pm

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