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The Writer - A Poem

Updated on January 18, 2014
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There once was a writer

So great was his fame

That all the metropolis

Knew him by name

So beloved was he

They built him a stage

And people would come

To watch him finish a page

Now the writer, he was a clever man

He knew well how to play a convincing hand

A bit of talent he had; skill he did not

But fortune smiled upon his lot

A desperate man in need of a trade

He'd discovered a treasure, hidden away

Letters, journals, books - peoples' lives, hopes, dreams

He pilfered them all for his own selfish means

The results were universally praised

His reputation cemented

His fortune was made

Black hair turned gray as he toiled to keep up the part

Nightly gin in the belly grew a stone in his heart

'Til one day, playing upon his stage

The writer's pen went dry

He reached for the inkwell only to find

It too had run out of lies

The room looked amazed as he dropped to his knees

And the audience gasped when he got up to leave

"You cant!" shouted one. "It's your duty, your call."

The weary writer tried to speak

But he had no voice at all

Many days passed before he picked up the pen

But in two blinks of the eye, put it down again

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The page is blank

The pen is dry

He sits without a sound

The writer will not write again

Until his voice is found

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you! I bet you could if you give it a try.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, this is excellent. You certainly have a poetic pen : ) Wish I could write poetry.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      That's funny Nell, someone else said the same thing to me. I only wish I had been so clever as to make Master Shakespeare the subject of this little poem!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This was great Crystal, and the first person who came to mind was Shakespeare! lol! I know someone 'helped' him with his writing but can't remember for the life of me who it was!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Flourish!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you very much Marilyn. I know almost nothing about poetry. I just make it up and not sure if it conforms to whatever standards are out there or not. It is fun!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you kindly Blossom SB!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you octfireflies!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for reading Cyndi.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks for reading Jamie.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much bravewarrior.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the visit Janet.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you much DDE!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the visit teaches!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Jodah!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a clever way to describer the frustration of writer's block and the undeserved attention one gets from borrowed ideas.

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      Marilyn L Davis 3 years ago from Georgia

      Good afternoon, Crystal; I will echo what many have said. This is clever and well written. I must confess, I am envious of anyone who can write poetry. For the life of me, mine all sound worse than roses are red, etc. etc. Perhaps you have found yet another way to express; seems that way to me. ~Marilyn

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What an interesting topic to choose to write a poem about! And you have done it so well!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting poem, Crystal. You've described writer's block very creatively!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      great poem-I can so relate more often than not -- smiles

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      What a great poem! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Isn't that what writing is often about? As writers, we observe others when they may not know it, peak into their lives, then create a new one for them. Then we run dry. Voted up.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Incredible poem and a story that I found myself relating to. Jamie

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Crystal, what a clever and poetic way to describe writers block. It obviously hasn't struck you! Great poem!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Beautifully written poem about a problem that most writers go through.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have accomplished another great write up here and I so enjoy reading your work well done! Well chosen words with such great meaning.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Clever words to demonstrate the loss of voice when writing. It does feel like that: first you pick up the pen then you put it down .. and so the cycle goes.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very well done Crystal. Most writers can relate I think Voted up.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      thank you so much bizarette81!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Billy. I cannot seem to write so I came up with a poem about not being able to write.

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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      I agree, very well done. I can totally relate to the "loss of voice". Beautifully crafted together. Voted and sharing = )

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a very clever poem. There are so many jewels in this I would be hard-pressed to name only one. I think most writers can relate to the loss of voice....and I would venture to guess many a writer has "borrowed" from others.....well, well done, Crystal.