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Writer's Blockade

August 1, 2013
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green


Graphite lurks beneath
My trembling hand,
Threatening to mark this page,
But nothing can quench
My caged mind,
Which lingers behind
Titanium bars.

I’m trapped inside,
Strangled by the emptiness
Of feeling,
Of words,
Of silence.
My pencil used to scratch
Against parchment eagerly,
Enthusiastically,
And hopefully,
But now
Paralysis seeps into my veins,
Freezing my thoughts
Into a tundra of forgetfulness.

My dreams are punctured
With the holes of doubt,
The type unable to be repaired.
Have I fallen weak,
Numb,
Unskilled?

To satisfy my prison guard,
I resurrect my pencil

And begin to write
About not being able to.


The author's comments:
Every writer goes through the process of writer's block at some point. I believe the best remedy for this is to write about... Well, not writing and how it feels.

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on Nov. 29 2013 at 6:28 pm
411Ellie PLATINUM, Fridley, Minnesota
41 articles 28 photos 235 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Paper is more patient than people." –Anne Frank

This poem is now on my favorite's list. It is amazing! You did a much better job at describing writers' block than I did in my poem creatively titled "Writers' Block." The end of your poem is so dramatic and relatable that it made me chuckle. I. LOVE. THIS. POEM.

on Sep. 13 2013 at 6:43 pm
ChasingForever, Morris, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday influences today, thus creates tomorrow."- Ellen Hopkins
"Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."-Les Brown

I love this! If I could rate it more I would!

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Aug. 6 2013 at 9:13 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

Ok. Thanks for reading

OldYoungOne said...
on Aug. 6 2013 at 2:26 pm
It's a nice piece I've written somethign similar and posted it to the forum. I'm hoping to ge ffedback on that so that I could make it better. Well done that's a part of what i feel. I like.

on Aug. 5 2013 at 10:28 pm
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
60 articles 11 photos 381 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

YESSSSSS!!! ♥
Five stars!
Though...Your usage of the word quench...I'd replace it with something like satisfy (or however you bloody well spell it!), appease, comfort, release. Just a suggestion.

on Aug. 5 2013 at 7:25 pm
Fallen_ PLATINUM, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
25 articles 3 photos 436 comments

Favorite Quote:
" a shattered world is only an opening into a new beginning with laughs, smiles, and love all around enter the world of the light and away from the broken darkness"

This is wonderful you captured writer's block flawlessly, and i can totaly relate to this. I love your word choice like paralyse. And your imagery was amazing :D overall, well done like normal. ( like i need to tell you your a natural writer anymore :P)

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Aug. 5 2013 at 6:43 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

Haha, it is a common problem every writer faces. Im so glad you enjoyed it!! :)

on Aug. 5 2013 at 3:28 pm
PirateCountry DIAMOND, Muncie, Indiana
91 articles 18 photos 330 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

This is brilliant! Good job! I can relate! I loved the way you were having a kind of...mini panic attack. I know the feeling. Whenever I have writer's block, I just want to bash my head against a wall until an idea is beaten into existence.

Hanban12 ELITE said...
on Aug. 4 2013 at 8:33 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

I agree completely on your quote! And Thank you so much for your feedback. :)

on Aug. 4 2013 at 6:29 pm
Superhero_Fan SILVER, Tomorrowland, California
7 articles 1 photo 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Impossible; for How many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?” - Fahrenheit 451

I LOVE writing about not writing! In fact, one of my favorite quotes are: 'If there ever comes a time, when you have nothing to write about... Write about nothing at all.' said by me! (No, I did not 'just make it up'!) Well, I loved your poem, and you described writer's block very clearly. How frustrating, annoying, and sometimes scary, it can be! Good job, and keep writing!


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