A Blank Stare



You stare at me white and unblinking

Waiting to see what I am thinking

But try as I do

The words don’t come through

And my art appears to be shrinking


Your rectangular and stringent glare

Bright white when the words are not yet there

You laugh at my pain

Driving me insane

Though a partner the work is not shared


So easy it is for you to wait

Hopes that my ink will be something great

What little you know

Words don’t come just so

Your emptiness a thing that I hate


I stare back waiting for muse to spike

But my thoughts seem to be on a strike

You just stare away

And each day I pray

That something will happen that I like




18 Responses to “A Blank Stare”
  1. I share your pain. I also know that, once words are put to that white space, it will have been worth the wait!

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Yes, it is certainly true my friend, been there many times…but your approach makes it more bearable. Thank you for such a positive way to look at such a disturbing situation.
    Great writing Brad!
    All the best,

  3. DC Gilbert says:

    According to Stephen King, you have train the muse and beat it into submission. Personally, I haven’t had much luck with that, but I endeavor to persevere!

  4. Jim Borden says:

    great job of putting into words the thoughts of so many writers…

  5. kristianw84 says:

    You’re the onlynpetson I know who could have writers block and still write a poem. Nicely done, Brad!! I have had to pull out somectesources for inspiration lately. It’s so frustrating. Bravo!! 👏

  6. This blank stare left me blank..!
    So astounded by the words..:)

  7. Shanyu says:

    Astounding. Love how each word is so relatable and relevant. I have come to quite appreciate your rhyme. The rhythm is beautiful.

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