A Writer's Plight

Feeling stuck and at a loss
I stare at the screen in dismay,
Writer’s block makes me cross
I can’t think of what to say,

Does anyone notice if I write?
Does anyone feel my despair?
Does anyone understand my plight?
Does anyone really care?

My muse has left me in a lurch
I’ve gotten right off track,
Like a lone bird on a perch
I wait for my muse to come back,

My muse is goofing off again
She likes to taunt and tease,
Like a stopping starting rain
Or a fleeting breeze,

My muse was out dancing on the lawn
Now she’s gone on a shopping spree,
Muses can’t be counted on
I have to count on me,

Maybe I don’t need the muse
I’ve found my writer’s voice,
All I have to do is choose
And be positive in my choice,  

Tap, tap, tap, I start to write
I let go of fear and guilt
Little by little, my writing takes flight
Gold nuggets emerge from the silt.


  1. And you were worried nothing would come of it. See what happens when you sit down and write? It's gorgeous, your poetry :)

    1. Thanks, Shailaja. Feels good to be writing again.

  2. Wow! Cat, do you really require a muse? You have the magic in your fingers, and your superbly imaginative and creative mind! I am the one who needs the muse! :-) As Shailaja said, your poetry is simply gorgeous! <3

    1. Thanks, Shilpa. So kind of you to say about the magic in my fingers. That's so cute! And I think your writing is great. Let's keep urging each other on!

  3. I'm glad you found your voice, Cat! Lovely to read you again. :)

  4. This is great. You have captured the essence of writer's block with this poem. It is how I feel often. Occasionally I can whip something up...but the ole block grips me often.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I guess writer's block is something every writer feels now and then though some scoff and say there is no such thing and to just write. Sometimes it's not that easy and there are other issues in the way. That's been my case this fall with my son's illness.

  5. You have nothing to worry about, Cathy! Another great poem flows from your fingers. Applause, applause! ☺

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie. Appreciate the support!

  6. What a wonderful poem it is.. and the writer's block., it hits all of us.. and only we can end it!


    1. Thanks, Geets. Yes, only we can end writer's block. So true. Just like we are responsible for our own happiness. It's up to us.

  7. I don't think you even need a muse... absolutely love your style of writing... so effortlessly you rhyme :)

    1. Thanks, Raj. Very kind of you to say. Means a lot to have the support of blogging friends.

  8. No muse required Cat! What a beautiful and well crafted poem, one that all writers would be able to relate to! Lovely! :)

  9. And what a beautiful poem Cat! Obviously you just have to resort to verse - you wonderful poet you! What are you worried about? :)


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