Wanted Words



The dawn has called me to write

But the words just won’t seem to come

And in these hours before light

I suddenly feel like I’ve gone dumb


Why won’t they come by default

If it is the intellect in command

For I have always been taught

The brain is the master of the hand


Why is it suddenly a chore

To make the words fit just right

This has never happened before

If I purposely sat down to write


Or is it the mind in a lesser role

That furnishes the written art

If they are not conjured by the soul

Are words lost without a start


I wish that I could understand

Where the words truly come from

What makes words flow through my hand

And in turn, a poem become




21 Responses to “Wanted Words”
  1. You’ve always seemed to make it so easy! I’m sorry if you ever have to struggle to find the words, but I’m connected to you by the conundrum.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Sometimes the words do come easily, but that is rare, and even then they must be edited, revised, re-arranged, and polished to get anywhere near poetic. It is the common struggle for all writers of any genre I would think, and certainly what binds us all in the experience. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. yassy says:

    Oh! I am feeling like that now. It’s damn frustrating because writing is happiness.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I feel you sister! I am not sure what kick starts the process, but the being patient waiting for the words to come can be trying. When I can’t seem to write, I read. Sometimes others words will prompt a thought or idea in my own head. Push through Yasmine, there are plenty of words on the other side of now.

      • yassy says:

        You are right , Bruh😊 but writing is therapeutic, so I try and like you say there are plenty of words just waitin to be born.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Ugh! This is such a frustrating feeling! I hope it passes quickly & you get your flow back! Although, you did an amazing job with this piece, which is better than anything I could conjure with writers block, so hats off to you!! 🙏

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Kristian! It does make it seem less daunting when you are reminded that others have to work through the same droughts. Your support is so appreciated!

  4. Just keep pushing, write everything down even if you think it doesn’t work or flow is isn’t your favorite ! It’ll never go away completely but it will lessen !

  5. I could so much realte to this wonderful poetry. Whenever i write and some where in the smallest corner of my heart it gives me a satisfaction, I feel its not me, it has to do with something more powerful than me. Hence for me writing is not default, its has its own time, moment, and it self creates itself, maybe I am just a Vessel.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I think it is likely you are just a more empathetic writer. There are times my words seem self-created, requiring little thought of my own, but if I only wrote when moved to do so, I would be restricted to only writing about things that move me in some way. So I do enjoy the craft of writing to a prompt or form, which may not flow as easily for me. Thank you for sharing how your process works, this is great information for other writers! And thank you for your continued support!

  6. Jim Borden says:

    a great poem about the difficulties of the creative process – but you struggled through quite successfully, once again.

  7. meenawalia says:

    Beautifully pointed out the difficulties faced by creative people.

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