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The Writers Bane

Updated on March 13, 2014
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When I take up the pen

where do I go?

To a place of recollection

of where I have been?

Is there a possession

taking over my

cognizant condition?

Turning upside-down

my sane position

like last remnants

of a dream

clinging to my face

like a web in the dark

inducing a mental scream

...oh, not from pain

just a writers bane

therefore I scribe

it's my exorcism

ridding the demons talon

that's clawing at my brain

and leaves you wondering

at the lunatics refrain

leaves you in question

of how does he do it

again, again, and again?

How deep is that well?

A depth fathomed in ink

and will I sink

if I dare

a creation

that is too weighty

to carry to the end

of the page

or will the leaf

turn again

continuing insanity

pious vanity

till the lead has worn down

inspiration rescinded

the blotter has dried

and the book is ended.






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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see some new verse from you Wayne. I've missed it. The Writer's Bane is an great piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nicely penned Wayne, with some great imagery. Take care my friend.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      "Blotter has dried, book has ended" -- frightening sentiment for a writer.

      EWF

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      The agony of writing and wondering where the next piece is coming from! I love this poem. It portrays exactly how I feel sometimes. Good to see more from you, Wayne. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Ann

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      No BANE, no PAIN? sigh..

      i so enjoyed this light-hearted ditty about the gritty side of writing..(at least - ONE gritty side..lol)

      sharing and HUGSxx

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice! I can relate easily and feel each word.

      tim

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Jodah. I appreciate the encouragement.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Tony.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice recount of a writer's toils, Wayne. Good to see you back in the groove!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, you are definitely a poet...and a damn good one.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes, Eric. When that happens it will mean I have taken my last breath.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Ann, i am sure it is how most of us feel. I appreciate the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Miss KL! Always a pleasure to see you here!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank's Tim. Hope all is well.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. Now a days it's not so much a groove as it is a grovel! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You're funny, Wayne! :-)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Mr. Bill, I am honored by your compliment.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      This sounded very deep and heartfelt, I could feel the emotion. I really liked it, great work.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Gotcha

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Good to see you, Wayne! You haven't lost your touch.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Really marvellous poem - I appreciate your gift! Up, interesting and beautiful.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Nicely done, great poem.

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      voted awesome and interesting. oh the struggles of a writer

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Anna, thank you so much for the compliments.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Shelly. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hello Nithya, my friend. Good to hear from you.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Young Nikki, :) Always glad to see you.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I know just how you felt when you wrote this poem.... Catchy

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Nadine. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Congratulations on a poem well done. Jamie

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Loved the journey into the writing world.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Jaime.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the support Rasma.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I like this very much. I think many poets can relate.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Marie.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Beautifully said Wayne--just so much truth here for all of us!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A perfect synopsis of what it takes...

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hello Deb! Thanks as always for visiting my humble hub.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      You described the poet's pen, umbilical chord of the heart very well.

      Hey, if it ends, it ends - will anyone care a hundred years from now?

      Cheers Wayne.

      Best Wishes,

      R.Q.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Romeo. Always good to hear from you.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Well that might be me right about now--when you come to the end of something it can be frightening I think

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good to see you Audrey. Thanks for the visit.

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