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Waiting for Inspiration

4:23 AM
is what my watch reads
Twenty three minutes late...
Where is she?

This is maddening,
waiting for Inspiration.
Honestly, I don't
know how anyone does it
Who does she think she is?
I mean, yes she's Inspiration
but what gives her the right?

4:25 AM
*Sigh*
I wonder if Steinbeck,
Rowling, or Neruda
had to deal with this
Prima Donna and her
incessant tardiness.
It feels as if I've spent
half my life, just
waiting for Inspiration.

4:28 AM
Maybe I should just give
on her completely---
she always comes
last minute anyway.
Always on her schedule,
never my own.

I'm like a dog at her
feet, begging for scraps--
her tantalizing me with
bursts of creativity
to influence my art.

4:33 AM
My thoughts get
more jumbled and
messy by the second.
As of now, I can feel
my brain losing
its basic functions.
My fingers fidget over
the pen and paper,
itching to get started.

Is she a blessing or a curse?

4:36 AM
Sometimes I just want to
break down her door,
drag her by the hair,
make her sit across,
and force her to
make me sound
thoughtful,
astute, or even
comprehensible.

Curse this being for her power!

So many writers, musicians,
and artists depend upon her,
waiting for her magic...

4:42 AM
Okay, okay so you
gotta give Inspiration
a bit of a break.

It's not like she's God---
who else can be in
two places at once?


It's like she's the Sandman
with the never ending task of
putting the world to sleep.
If everyone was tearing
away at me, constantly
wanting my attention,
I'd go mad.

Now, I feel a little
sorry for Inspiration.

4:49 AM
But not that sorry
she still lacks the decency
to call when she's late.

My fingers have stopped
their fidgeting, and
have now started
doodling stick figures.

That’s all I got.
Pretty soon the sun will
rise, and all I will have
are disfigured people...

5:15 AM
Moved on to
drawing rabbits.
The birds have begun
to sing and my alarm
is about to go off.

My room is stifling me.

You know, I’m starting
to think she’s not coming.

5:30 AM
You know what?
It doesn’t even matter
at this point.

My fingers rub the sleep
from my eyes and
rake my wild hair.
Outside, the birds
have choir practice.
Are they laughing at me?

5:42 AM
I hear Mom get up,
slight clatter in the kitchen,
my alarm sounds
I get up to turn it off,
irritated at being disturbed.

Inspiration, I’ll get you for this.

5:50 AM
I pose like the Thinker
and hope for something.

I’m feeling desperate...

5:53 AM
The smell of sausage
wafts upstairs to my room.

My sister yells that
breakfast is almost ready.

5:57 AM
I pace uncontrollably

All that time I spent
waiting for Inspiration...

6:00 AM
Hey, I think I found
something to write about!

Just called Inspiration
---turns out, I don't
need her after all.



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writefearless said...
Jul. 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm:
very witty. love the personification :)
 
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Laugh-it-OutThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:16 am:
Amazing job. This was funny, lighthearted and sweat and something we ALL can relate to. Beautiful story. Keep writing and rockin
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm :
Thanks I wanted to write about the struggles all writers face:)
 
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ZeesrockThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 23, 2012 at 11:47 am:
I was hooked form the first sentence. Great work!
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm :
Thanks so much :-)
 
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Tonedeff said...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 3:30 am:
probably one of the most unique concepts on this site. beautifully done.......
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 6:10 am :

Thanks for that~

 

 
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Critter10 said...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:49 am:
This poem is great, it's so different yet really cool. Totally relatable. Only thing is that the flow took a while to get into to, but once you get into the poem, it's quite good.
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm :
Thanks for your comment~
 
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snowleopard100 said...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm:
Probably one of the most original poems I've read in a while. I love the simple language that the character uses and the intervals of Time. My only advice would perhaps be to elaborate more on your personification of inspiration (looks, personality, etc.) because it's such a cool idea and is intriguing to read about. But...in a word, AWESOME
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm :
Interesting~ Honestly, I did think about describing how Inspiration looks. But I felt that by not doing so, I would be adding to her mystery or something---like an abstract figure in the writing process. I didn't want the reader to lose sight of the poem's meaning. But thanks for suggesting it!
 
snowleopard100 replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm :
Definitely a fair response. I don't know... I guess both ways work in the end (this certainly did!!)
 
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Smile-And-Wave-Boys. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm:
I really like this. As others said, it's very relatable-that was a brilliant idea to personify inspiration. The thought track just adds to it. Well done, keep writing!
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm :
Thank you for reading!
 
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Brisa said...
Apr. 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm:
I loved the entire thing and the idea of it all. I like the time added. I can tell you put a lot of time into it. I can not wait to see another one.
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm :
Thanks for commenting~
 
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Taconut7This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm:
This made me laugh because I know exactly what you are talking about! I loved how you added the comedy in it.
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm :
Thanks---I wanted the reader to get into the mindset of the speaker, making the poem seem more relatable.
 
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bearsfan654 said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm:
Awesome job! I loved the description and hard work you put into this, as well as the comedy. However, what I loved most was definitely the style. Putting the time before the stanza made it seem as if we were reading the narrator's diary or mind! Great job!
 
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 6:12 am :
Yeah, I wanted the poem to seem like the speaker's thoughts in the span within two hours. Thanks for commenting~
 
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