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An Idea Leaves (A Poem)

Updated on April 3, 2016
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For many of us we have good intentions of writing as prolifically as possible, but what happens when our minds go blank and no ideas come? Or, even worse, when we have an awesome idea but just can’t come up with an angle we can relate to? It is this dilemma that inspired the following poem. As I sat looking out of the window at the wind blowing leaves from the trees, these words come to me:

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An Idea Leaves

Thoughts are swirling around my head
As leaves falling from the trees
Which one do I attempt to grasp,
As they descend upon the ground?

There they lie to await their fate
As their colors fade into the earth
Some will live captured in their peak
As they are pressed into memory.

Most will disappear into distant thought
As they wither into earthy compost.
To be filed along with all the others
As earth accepts its crumpled rot.

Those contemplations seem to be lost
As the earth hides beneath the frost
There to remain locked in the tombs
As winter sets in with full control.

Deep within all those forgotten ideas
As life springs forth from below
Those treasures are transformed into beauty
As new buds emerge as leaves again.

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This cycle can be frustrating unless we accept it as part of the process of writing. Perhaps it just isn’t the right time for that idea to shine and by waiting it will have a chance to blossom into its full potential. A particular good thought may come and be used right away or it may be stored away as useless trivia—it is not for naught. On the day when it resurfaces we may be left to wonder, “Where did that inspiration come from? ” Never underestimate an unused thought or idea; it may be just what is needed in the future.

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      FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Minnetonka Twin, it seems I've had more writer's block than not lately. I think of writing but when I sit down to do so my mind goes completely blank. Not sure what will inspire me! Thanks for stopping by...hope all is well with you.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      It is amazing how we come up with inspiration for our writing. This poem you wrote is a great example of the beauty that can come even when you think your having writer's block. Great work here.

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      FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for your comments, Kenneth. I wish you all the best in your efforts to write poetry. I think if the poetry you write speaks to your heart it will speak to others too. So, don't be afraid to take the next step.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello,FloBe! GREAT hub! EXCITING and DEEP topic and VERY creative. I am an amateur poet. Very amateur. I deal in abstract/prose, which I do not have the nerve to post yet. I hate rejections. And I am insecure. I do love your talent, FloBe and I am now a fan and follower if that is okay by you. Sincerely and Respectfully, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama, that reminds you of Andy Griffith's Mayberry. Peace and Keep up the great poetry.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      vocalcoach...I'm glad you stopped by. I sometimes think that others find writing a lot easier than I do, but when I hear about other people's struggle, I am encouraged to keep moving forward. There will be inspired times and slow times and it is just the rhythm of writing. Hope you are having a good Christmas season.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I have learned through writing to appreciate more than ever before writers, authors, poets and such. I love your words, "Never underestimate an unused thought or idea; it may be just what is needed in the future."

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      lifewellspoken...thanks for your words of encouragement. Stop by again for more!

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      lifewellspoken 6 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Writing this poem was for sure a great idea....I loved it, thanks for writing it.

      Give me more.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      pennyofheaven...I'm glad you enjoyed it...thanks for stopping by!

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful poem. Excellent hub. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Pamela99...Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope your day is filled with an uninterrupted flow of thought!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      FloBe, Beautiful poem. Certainly no one wants to experience writer's block and the poetry expressed it well.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      saddlerider1...I like your words, "breathe life from our souls." I feel like I can only write from my soul. When I try to force-write I fail miserably and am less than happy with the result. I appreciate your words of appreciation, they encourage me today.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      The blank mind for a poet reflects a white page, staring at us wanting to spill some ink upon it's surface and breath life from our souls. I to get lost in space and wonder if it will return and allow me to create a line again. Brilliant poem of prose and verse combined, you are a gifted writer. Bravo..

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      agaglia...I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem. I wish you well and thank you for stopping by.

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      FloBe,

      this was quite interesting. I have not yet mixed prose and poetry, but you have done it so nicely. And you have make that old bane - writer's block so insightful. Thanks.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Nellieanna...thanks for your insightful comment...so nice to see you! Blessings

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      What a delightful and constructive look at a writer's worst nightmare! Good share and the poem is fun - so long as those feelings and conditions are in actual progress!

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      DjBryle...thanks so much for your words of encouragement! I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Fabulous piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and rated it beautiful and awesome because it is.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      carrie450...thanks for stopping by and enjoying the poem...blessings on your day.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      sofs, there is indeed hope! Many times when I've been at a loss for words to write a thought from in the recesses of my mind surfaces and that translates into the next article. I am always surprised at the words that actually make it to paper :)

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Beautiful poem Flo and very nicely written.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      The seasons of thought life.. the Fall of the mindland.. I like the hope that is there in your words. There is yet hope... this too shall pass away..I always like to look forward to and believe in the positive alone. I wish more people looked at life this way!!

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      prairieprincess...thanks for your encouraging words. Blessings

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Flo, this is so beautiful. I love this poem! It really captures the truth of those lost thoughts, and I can relate to this so much! Take care!

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Quill, for stopping by again! Blessings

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Hi Flo... back again and wandering has been a passion, thus having lived allover the North has been a blessing... been called that before...

      Hugs to you Sister... keep up the great writing

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Quill...are you sure your name is not the "wanderer?" :) lol...yes, we all have those times when the "idea leaves." Thanks for stopping by and commenting...blessings.

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Excellent and a blessing to read as those thoughts escape the mind. I think we have had those times when all time stands still and we are posed to produce... where was I now...

      Blessings and Hugs

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