Still Waters


It is overwhelming.

Thoughts and words whirl in my head desperate for release.

Churning like the sea in a hurricane.

No structure. No sense. No rhyme or reason.

The pressure building till pen and paper burst the dam.

A torrent of flimsy concepts, half thoughts,

and unrefined prose spew across the page.

Arrows and notations digging furrows for the flood of words.

Pushing and prodding them to pool together.

Watching as some spill and slosh past the barriers I hastily contrive.

The rush strong enough to make its own channels where it must.

When the flow subsides, I erect levy and dam

to hold and shape the areas now filled.

The waters still and the sediment of unnecessary words

and exhausted thoughts fall away.

The pool begins to clear and marry phrase with form.

Complete ideas sparkle across the surface as it calms.

I can sit back and enjoy a moment’s quiet in this space.

Till the scratch of pen again digs at the mortar of my mind

and the next deluge begins.


18 Responses to “Still Waters”
  1. I’m envious that you can take those deluges of circuitous thought and transform them in the way that you do!

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A very interesting poem…beautiful and powerfully meaningful. Very good work indeed.

  3. beth says:

    the writer’s desire to write is ever powerful and hard to harness

  4. You are clearly not exaggerating when you say thoughts and words are whirling in your head. Thanks for releasing and sharing them.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Like an engineer, somehow, you always pull it together and form beautiful and thoughtful pieces.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    A wonderful look inside the mind of a writer!

  7. kristianw84 says:

    For the love of the craft! I don’t think a writer’s pen ever truly stops twitching.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    This is great Brad. I couldn’t explain that feeling but you just did. I have been there and their is no rhyme or reason for the desire to be so great, yet the thoughts I want to express elude me. Love this piece. ❤️🤗🦋Sending love and hugs, Jonikins

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