Treasure Island

David Whalen

(5/18/38 / Covington Kentucky)

A Pen Gone Dry


Barren fields…empty places
Mind devoid of idea and rhyme
Sterile imagination…featureless faces
Webs in memories, frozen in time

Fingers flaccid, mind unwilling
Heavy lies this heart of mine
Creative forces not fulfilling
Empty flask of poetic wine

Dried up source of poetic spring
Used up store of poetic phrases
Emptied purse with untied string
Like worn out shoes and old frayed laces

Time away… might grow the field
Time away… might fill the empty places
Perhaps time will let the emptiness yield
To imagination…and full featured faces

Now...inkwell empty
Tear in eye
Pristine paper
Pen... gone dry...

Submitted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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  • Shirley Hanley (7/27/2010 10:58:00 PM)

    I agree with Brian [below]... and I don't think an artist or poet exists that hasn't been in the place you write about. Well done.
    Shirley (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (6/16/2010 11:32:00 PM)

    Based on this, I think the pen has a whole lot of ink left. Really well done... and something we can all relate to. (Report) Reply

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