Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

' ' ' ' Writer's Block - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

The poem
fresh from the pen
was still...& then

like insects
the words

scuttled off
the edge of the page

as if the world wasn't
round after all.

Words abandoning my lines
like rats on a sinking ship

like lemmings
leaping off a cliff

mass suicide

until the page
looked blank

at me

then the page
pulped itself

refusing to have anything else
to do with me.

Grew back
into a tree

& stood
its ground

a forest now
refusing to listen

to a word
I said.

I, leaving with only
a single solitary

full stop

who had remained
loyal to me

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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