Mariam de Haan

(04 October 1993 / Pemba, Tanzania)

Writing process


It starts with an idea or one line.
One line becomes two lines.
Two lines become a stanza
The heart beat quickens

It's 4 am, it's too early for this.
But the mind keeps replaying the stanza
Write me, write me, write me!
Sleep disappears.
Pen to paper, pen to paper!
Why don't I have any good pens?
Is this pen brown or black?
Whatever, just write it.

Okay, first stanza done
Read it!
Read it again.
How do I continue?
Hah, of course but does that fit?

Wait, do I want this to rhyme?
Is it more effective if it rhymes?
What rhymes with heart?
Art, smart, fart
Haha fart.
Is it a beating, pounding or heaving heart?
Heaving makes alliteration
Is there such a thing as a heaving heart?
Beating sounds human
But pounding makes it loud.

Maybe I should just leave this for tomorrow?
But then I won't be able to sleep.
Write it!

Ugh, I don't like that
Draw a line through.
Wait, I changed my mind, I like it!
Ignore the line.
That should be a new stanza.
Connect those two lines.
Now it looks so messy
So many arrows and mistakes.

Where is this even going?
Oh, epic finish
Okay done, read it again.
I am getting tired of hearing my voice.
My neighbours are tired of hearing my voice.
Can they hear my voice?

What should I put as a title?
Don't put anything lame like love.
Put something creative
That title makes no sense.
Put the general idea,
Perfect.
Don't forget the date.
And another poem finished.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Writing process by Mariam de Haan )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Survivor's Guilt, Roy Blokker
  2. Right or wrong!, Mark Heathcote
  3. Graveyard, Dr PJ Raj Kamal
  4. Symphony of Discords By K.V.Suryanarayan.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  5. Our Roads, Somanathan Iyer
  6. It's Not Just Rain, Daniel Skentelbery
  7. The Day After I Shouted Abuse at the Queen, Daniel Skentelbery
  8. Name-Calling, Diane Hine
  9. A pan fried fish…?, Mark Heathcote
  10. The Persecuted, Sandra Feldman

Poem of the Day

poet Christina Georgina Rossetti

Where sunless rivers weep
Their waves into the deep,
She sleeps a charmed sleep:
Awake her not.
Led by a single star,
She came from very far
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]