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.


15 Responses to “Still Waters”
  1. beth says:

    that muse is relentless

  2. It is no wonder they say “still waters run deep”. A most real and poignant poem but artfully crafted and beautifully expressed. All the best my friend!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I love this! You described the need to write so well! Beautifully penned.

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Brad, your words are always perfect and timely. I cried sitting at my desk yesterday as I “released” words that have been in me for two weeks. I had felt “paralyzed” and I finally felt more free. Sending love and hugs! 💛

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful free-form poetry, Brad. It highlights the care you put into each of your posts.

    I, on the other hand, am quite happy when I get “A torrent of flimsy concepts, half thoughts, and unrefined prose spew across the page.” That perfectly describes my blog posts each day!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    To think that writers go through this process daily is a testament to the desire to write.

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