The Empty Page

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By: Wayne Brown


The candle wax hardens as the flame burns low

Trapped in its trickles with nowhere else to go

Shadows dance across the light as if on a stage

The writer at the table stares at the empty page


Words do not trickle as the heated wax of the candle

They are crafted, honed, shaped like a foot to sandal

Words have meaning; emotion to carefully gauge

Knowing this, the writer stares at the empty page


Words tangled in the vines of life’s little choices

Sounds that ring lonely from little children’s voices

Utterances love, hate, fear, calm, and colored rage

Hiding as the writer stares upon the empty page


The emotions hide like fish in waters’ darken depth

Not surfacing; not showing strands of emotion kept

Slinking in mental shadows eluding descriptive phase

Torturing the writer staring upon the empty page


Hours pass; time moves upon mechanical spring

Hand poised to write; mind wanting thoughts to bring

Time seemingly runs away rushing things to age

As the writer struggles for words on the empty page


Then a movement; small at first and very slow

A tilting of the head; the words come and flow

The hand strokes freely the wisdom of the sage

As the grateful writer inks words to the empty page


Low the candle burns dimmed by early morning light

Hours of dark pass while craftsman struggles to write

And with the morning comes release from the cage

As the writer smiles; happy with his ink upon the page


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1 April 2013

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sunflowerforests 3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

What a treat. Even in the idea of an empty page you manage to evoke a whole gamut of thoughts. Great job


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Enigmatic Me 3 years ago from East Coast Canada

Even handed and steady this poem links the experience with the existing feeling... incomplete we feel when words simply do not reveal themselves, and how we revel and wonder in their appearance. The cycle continues.... struggle on poet ... struggle on.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@sunflowerforests...This is the poetry you write when you run out of subjects to write poetry about! LOL! I have found poetry to be unpredictable...sometimes the words flow so rapidly I can hardly get them on the page and sometimes it makes me wait and want for each word...like this one. The exercise has made me a better writer overall. Thanks much! ~WB

@Enigmatic Me...Thank you. It can certainly be a struggle between patience and time at times. In some ways, that is the challenge within the craft. Thanks much. ~WB


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Gawth 3 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

Nice!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Gawth...Thank you! ~WB


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Well done my friend. This was a very well written work. whonu


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

So happy you were patient, Wayne, since this beautiful, realistic poetry is very special. Trust me!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@whonunuwho...Thank you. I appreciate the good words. ~WB

@drbj...Thanks much, Doc. It is a poem about nothing...just like Seinfeld. LOL! ~WB


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub ;voted up and shared. Here's wishing you a wonderful day Wayne.

Eddy.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

An experience we all share.. Good job.


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LINDA724 3 years ago from Dallas

At the end of life one looks back to reflect on the road that has been walked upon, will the flow of words be just as slow to begin? At first thought, it might feel empty then the smile will come to the face when the image of those that God has blessed one with comes into focus. Words such as mentor, hero, teacher and agape love begin to bring about a vision of a fulfilling life! Your words captured a moment to be sure!! Thank you!!!


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I am so relieved that this ended in a good way! Up and awesome and reassuring too.


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

Another masterpiece, Wayne, you surely should be happy with the ink upon the page.


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Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Really enjoy your poetry and accompanying music!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Eiddwen....Thank you and thanks for sharing. ~WB

@dahoglund...That we do, Don. Thanks much. ~WB

@Linda724....Whoa...that is a lot of ground but I'll take it! LOL! Thanks so much for those kind words. ~WB

@breakfastpop....As am I, Poppy! LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

@Diana Lee...This one started out difficult and that is what gave me the idea...a blank page and a struggle to find those opening words. Thanks much! ~WBk

@Annie Miller....So glad you enjoyed it. This song was the only one that I could find with the inspiration aspect...seems to work. Thanks much! ~WB


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - What you speak of, to me anyway, is writer's block. Many a writer has been struck by it.

The Frog Prince


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince....Yes, that inspirational muse hides in the dark shadows leaving one helplessly staring at an empty page devoid of ideas and creative interest. I don't know that anyone is immune to it nor is the any vaccination for it. LOL! Thanks, Jim. ~WB


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Sometimes I like that empty page. It is the only time I can really relax.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for this most inspirational poem. Just what I needed as I've taken up the challenge on a site for 30 poems in 30 days. Enjoyed and passing this on.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Ericdierker....You do have a point there, Eric. We all need a break to grease the skids a bit. Thanks much! ~WB

@Gypsy Rose Lee...Good luck with that challenge. You could very well have some empty page pain over the course of writing one a day. Hope you can make it. Thanks much. ~WB


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Wayne, you continue to impress me with your poetry. This was terrific. We all experience that block from time to time, when we have something to say and the words elude is. And then, like magic, they appear. Great job!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

l@lrc7815....Thank you, Linda...I was just attempting to make something out of nothing! LOL! ~WB


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bellawritter23 3 years ago from California

I always seem to come around and read at the perfect time. When I read your work its always on point with what I struggle with at the moment. I have been sitting like a duck on two poems that I cannot populate. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

Smiles

Bella


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Low the candle burns dimmed by early morning light

Hours of dark pass while craftsman struggles to write

And with the morning comes release from the cage

As the writer smiles; happy with his ink upon the page

Wonderful words and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@bellawriter23...So glad you enjoyed it and I hope it inspired your creativity with those poems. Thanks much! ~WB

@Eiddwen...Thank you! ~WB


Poetic Fool 3 years ago

Sometimes that empty page mocks the writer and it becomes a battle of wills. But what relief when inspiration finally comes and the words begin to flow as you have said. This reminds me of a piece I wrote on writer's block some time ago, except yours is much better of course! Thanks for sharing it, Wayne!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Poetic Fool....So very true. I have learned not to fight it too much but to just move to another genre for inspiration...that actually works. Thanks much for the good words. ~WB


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I had forgotten how like my style yours is; I like it. lol :) ^+


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Wayne Brown 2 years ago from Texas Author

@Jackie Lynnley...I hope that you have not struggled too much in your style of late. Since I stopped publishing on HP, I do not write as much poetry. It is the one genre in which I write that requires a lot of inspiration. I recognized that early on and decided that I would let the muse find me rather I to look for it. As a result, I have some dry spells that lack inspiration. During those times, I turn more to my music so that I do not suffer the remorse. The upside, my wife says that I talk a lot less in my sleep! LOL! Thanks so much for the comment. I am honored that you feel a kinship with my style---good company for me! ~WB

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