The Empty Page (A Poem)

By JJ
@JolietJake (40025)
January 13, 2016 2:18pm CST
The empty page stares back at me. Laughing at me, mocking me, Daring me to try to find the words to fill it up. So I lift up my pen (The metaphorical one) And try to find the words to win the battle. When suddenly, Another opponent enters the battle: The empty mind. Two against one, They make their mutual attack, Stabbing, slashing, Blinding my senses, numbing my soul, In hopes of an easy victory. And yet slowly, but surely, The words begin to appear: Crafted letter by letter, phrase by phrase, I take the battle to them, Asserting my will Upon those that would seek to thwart me. The empty mind is the first to fall As it fills with the words That will bring the destruction to The empty page. And now…the battle is over… And again, I am victorious. But I know they are not conquered, That someday soon, They shall lie in wait, To once again try to silence my soul…
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22 responses
• United States
13 Jan 16
a most enjoyable take'n writers block :) yepperz, i could feel the battle's it raged 'n that sweet grin 'f satisfaction to've conquered such'a beast. well done!
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@JolietJake (40025)
13 Jan 16
Thank ya, now if I could just get my muse to kick in when i do an actual discussion about stuff
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@jaboUK (50237)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 16
@crazyhorseladycx Thank you for suggesting this, and I'm glad that you found it
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• United States
13 Jan 16
@jaboUK yer welcome, ms. jabo!
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 Jan 16
Very good poem, you should submit it to THE NEW YORKER. It seems like their style. And you captured the essence of writing perfectly.
@Namelesss (1003)
• United States
13 Jan 16
Epic battle and well won. I really loved this piece of creative writing. Excellent suggestion @crazyhorseladycx Hope you're doing well.
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@JolietJake (40025)
13 Jan 16
Thank you ma'am...so how are you enjoying it here?
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• United States
13 Jan 16
i thought'cha might enjoy such, hon. 'm gettin' by purty well considerin' - hope all's well'n yer neck'f the woods!
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@Namelesss (1003)
• United States
14 Jan 16
@JolietJake I'm really liking it here. Wish I had a bit more time but I'll take what I can get.
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@allknowing (55199)
• India
14 Jan 16
Thanks crazyhorseladycx for suggesting this poem to me. Well written and thought provoking. May your fight continue
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@JolietJake (40025)
14 Jan 16
My fight occurs every day
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• United States
14 Jan 16
yer welcome, i figured'ya could relate to this's well :)
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@allknowing (55199)
• India
14 Jan 16
@crazyhorseladycx It's wonderful when users here know our taste. Thanks.
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@jaboUK (50237)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 16
Very well written - a good description of something that happens to a lot of people at one time or another.
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@JolietJake (40025)
13 Jan 16
Much thanks. I just wish I could get more inspiration to write, it doesn't come upon me much anymore
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@maggs224 (1774)
• Alicante, Spain
14 Jan 16
@JolietJake A really excellent take on Writer's Block I enjoyed it very much. Thank you crazyhorseladycx for suggesting this I really enjoyed it :D
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• United States
13 Jan 16
@JolietJake congratulations on your victory writing warrior!
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@DanciaKS (191)
14 Jan 16
I look forward to reading more poems!
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@marlina (60998)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
Excellent! I am also looking forward to read more of that talent.
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@DanciaKS (191)
16 Jan 16
You got fans now!!
@Platespinner (18096)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Jan 16
Definitely something I can relate to. Nicely written!
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• Greece
15 Jan 16
A description of writer's block that really described the pain and the agony of breaking through. The happy ending was a relief. thanks crazyhorselady for the recommendation.
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@shshiju (9206)
• Cochin, India
14 Jan 16
Beautiful. Your page is full. And Our mind is filled. In some of my exams I feel the same....Lol
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• United States
14 Jan 16
Wow, that's probably the best thing you've written since I've been here!
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@JolietJake (40025)
14 Jan 16
Thank you
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@Plethos (4847)
• United States
13 Jan 16
count your blessing that your hand didnt cramp on you !
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@JolietJake (40025)
13 Jan 16
I'd have to type with my nose or my toes...
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@Rondout50 (218)
• Kingston, New York
15 Jan 16
My mind's eye invisioned a battle scene, very nice writing.
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@nanette64 (13219)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jan 16
I have my days too when it seems there's nothing going on 'upstairs' @JolietJake . I sometimes think that 'the poem' can be the inspiration to a flood of thoughts.
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@dodoazo (10281)
• Philippines
14 Jan 16
You are good in using the figure of speech, the metaphor and the personification. You make the actual paper has its eyes to look at you, to make fun of you, to deride at you for you have nothing yet to write. Then the mind which is not working. That's the beauty of poetry; that's the rudiment of making words talk.
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@PainsOnSlate (19034)
• Canada
14 Jan 16
What a fun read, very creative and entertaining. They try to silence my soul too but usually my motor mouth brain will fill a page but sadly never with a poem.
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@silvermist (15827)
• India
14 Jan 16
@JolietJake No doubt that it is a very good poem. I wish you success in all the fights you will be facing.
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@valmnz (12657)
• New Zealand
14 Jan 16
What a wonderful poem. I can certainly relate to that.
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@zebra2222 (4897)
• United States
14 Jan 16
Very fine poem about the difficulty of writing words on an empty page.
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@softbabe44 (5958)
• Vancouver, Washington
14 Jan 16
Very nice poem
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