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Updated on October 5, 2013

"No one ever discovered anything new by coloring inside the lines"

-Thomas Vasquez

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Tidal wave rolling, roaring toward me

Silencing my challenging scream

I do not run from the sable shouldered crest

Higher than my head and blacker than willful ignorance

A Muses’ lifetime of ink

Pouring and smothering all that is waiting

Pages blank and yearning

For the tip of the quills pressure

Like a trespassing phallus

Desecrating the purity of the paper

Pushing beyond the acceptable boundaries

Of my existences refuge

Intent to fill the core of my dwelling

My being, my imagination

Engulfing all that is empty

White bleeds into indigo black

Staining my reams, occupying my blank spaces

My senses, my logic

Tumbling me upside down

And washing down my throat, my nostrils

My soul, my ego

Drowning me in the congealing blood

Of verse and testament

Rhyme and writ

Hardening under the laws of nature

Charging that there is no original thought

That there is "no new thing under the sun"

Therefore I surrender to the current

And meld with its script

Seeping through the fissures of

The defective deducing

Of the scribe inquisitors minds

And burst through the hatches

Flowing toward my brains creation

To the very edge of the Earth

Where I grasp the rim of its flat surface

Flat because I say it is flat

Flat because in this writing

I am the law, I am the originator

I am the creator

It is my pencils lead, my keystroke that says

“Let there be light”

I am the one who says

“Once upon a time” and “The End”

But then what can lie between those lines

That will not be a scab that has already been picked

My answer lies beyond this rim that I grasp

This out of bounds marker of acceptance

And the “no original thought” theory lies

In the wet ebony wake behind me

Questioning me as I let go

My answer is the wind blowing in my face as I fall

Through a chasm toward a ground

Of old ideas that rise up

To kill my expectancy



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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the compliment Christine, and thank you for the follow.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Great poem, Wayne. Glad to find you here. I will follow you.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim. I'm very glad you stopped by.

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      You captured the challenge not only in your expert use of imagery, but also with the pace of your poem. It is an acclamation writers of all genres can relate to: the intensity and frustration. Much Enjoyed.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      This is the struggle isn't it? You pushed beyond boundaries in the use of images--and you captured the struggles that writers endure in their craft--

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Valleypoet. I appreciate the compliment and the support very much!

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      This certainly took me beyond the boundaries..some daring images, expressed vividly...some impressive lines too, enjoyed this Wayne..voted up and shared:-))

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, thank you for the very generous compliments. I truly appreciate your input and your visit to my hub. I hope you have a great weekend!

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      You have carved into the conscious, the realm of mystique, from the quill of a feathered burden heavily from ones soul. No matter how we come to scribe, we are moved, thus we pen. Our souls dictate from how deep the words will be found deep inside the crevices of our abyss.

      If our Muse is with us and move us then we are ready, we are the student. No matter the depth of our scribbles, the audience is there to receive us. You my friend are a master, not a rhymer, a prose artist who takes his brush and mixes the oil and paints to present us with your gifts. Bravo, voted up and brilliant. Peace and blessings I send to you this eve my poet.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Rasma! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you mckbirdbks. I appreciate the compliment!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Deb.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Poetically wonderful and the imagery is great. Enjoyed.

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Wayne, you have sculpted a verse from marble worthy of a pedestal; both three dimensional and weighty.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Old ideas can ebb and flow with the best of them. When they are picked apart, their creation is truly in the past. They may have been improved upon here and there, but they live on in their original status.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Jose. That is a very humbling comment for me. Your writing will grow...because you have the motivation and the love to pour it out. I have read a couple of your pieces and you definitely have what it takes.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Colin, it's an honor to hear from the 'true' master, but mostly I'm happy to see you just to know you are doing well. Your encouraging words mean the world to mean.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      : ) Thank you very much Leslie. I truly appreciate the support and the beautiful compliments.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Sir Wayne for your fan mail. Nice to meet you too.

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      Jose Velasquez 

      5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      There aren't many people who can impress me with their poetry, but you seem to be an untapped resource of creativity and innovation. I believe my writing will grow, just from reading yours.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Epic writing Sir Wayne from a reigning master of poetry. I love the way you so artfully put these words together to tell a story in narrative form but also to leave the reader breathless with your poetic articulation and the mystique within.

      lake erie time canada 4:18pm and sending warm wishes to you and your family from the three of us - Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Eddy!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again Suzette for the visit and the wonderful compliments.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Wayne - you just keep pushing that phallus past the purity of paper! Get down and dirty cause - you are an AMAZING poet!

      You ARE the law - you set the standard, my friend!

      voting/sharing on..

      Zowie yowie! (that rhymes btw..LOL)

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Marlene, thank you so much for the wonderful compliment!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub;really enjoyed it.

      Eddy.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wayne: What excellent expressions! What a wonderful message. Yes, it is okay to color outside the lines. We all want to be gifted, original and unique in our writing and different from the others. Even different from ourselves and what we have already written. Your images, style and writing is so unique, I think. Well done and well said.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Wow! You're a gifted poet. vivid images, wonderful imagery. you had me hooked from the very first line.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Isaac, and yes you are correct; to write in those genres you most certainly have to have the courage to step outside the box.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      It it's still in this hub, I haven't taken hold! Ha ha!!!!! It did, however, stick out like a sore - well, you know....

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha! You didn't get hung up on the 'phallus' did you? : )

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      TDM 

      5 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      My word wayne,

      that's was a great perspective. isn't it great to have the power to create an entire universe at the touch of a pen or keyboard. Especially in a world of Fantasy, Myth and Sci-fi. Voted up. Keep up the good work.

      I. White

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you James, my faithful friend!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Linda, it is so very good to see you again. Thank you for the visit!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! What a creative way of vocalizing the writing process. Trespassing phallus?? Hmmmmm.....

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Ed, it's very good to see you my friend. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Dear Deborah. I truly appreciate your kindness!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Frank. Always good to see you here my friend.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Excellent poem. Very good word-choice.The meaning was good as well. Good title, It was interesting to see how you used it. Great job.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow Wayne~your descriptive words and images of the magic of writing, is amazing. It is amazing the process we writers go through when creating a piece of work. Letting go is definitely how it works best. Great poem my friend. Voted up and hit many buttons.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wow! A surreal rant about that "noting new" thought that comes to mind whenever we take pen (or keyboard) in hand to express ourselves.

      Well done Wayne.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Wayne I had to read it twice.. so deep... I applaud you .. this is outstanding writing.. many blessings my friend

      Sharing

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      this was draining wayne barrett but I loved it!!! everytime I see a new wayne barrett piece on my feed I expect nothing less than your best and I am never disappointed!!!

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      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      Aw, thanks :-) No, you're definitely not going insane... it's just part of the process to get to the final masterpiece. Imagine if we wrote with no emotions or struggles; what a boring read that would be. Beautifully done!

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much for the visit, shanmarie.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey Cat. Just caught you're comment this morning. Its good to know that there are other writers who experience the same emotions and that I not going insane. I always appreciate seeing that pretty smile and reading your heartfelt compliments. Thanks!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Faith.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Beth. I miss setting you on here but I know you're a busy girl.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Very creative and gives much to the imagination. Seems harder sometimes to say even a non-original thought or emotion in an original fashion, especially with so much so readily available on the internet

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      Cat 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      This is awesome; kind of a love/hate relationship and addiction that has to be fed, but what is the drug of choice. It doesn't matter if you write the beauty that you do or the weird things I do, all writers can relate to this. So descriptive, I could feel the frustration gushing through your words. I should pin this by my computer for inspiration in moments of ... what next?

      Up, Awesome and Beautiful

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jennifer, I appreciate the visit. I have been enjoying your writing so it is a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey Marlin! Thanks for the visit and the thoughtful compliments. I noticed you posted a new short story and I bookmarked it just to make sure I dont miss it.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant, and I believe you have just written many a new thought!!! Thanks for challenging us to go outside the boundaries in writing, and that is a great challenge. Very creative and clever write here once again!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      bizarrett81 

      5 years ago from Maine

      Superb... who hasn't had the best idea ever dashed when realizing it is in fact an old idea!? I know I have... I love this... Such ups and downs of a writer fashioned beautifully...

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      "a scab that has already been picked" vivid imagery!

      An interesting portrayal of overwhelming feelings as well!

      And I love the quote at the beginning!

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      Marlin 55 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful prose, Wayne! You used some very descriptive words that invokes the imagination. Great job!

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