The End of Writer’s Block

This is a poem I wrote July 3, 2012 when I had a bad case of writer’s block. I had no shortage of poems back then, but I could NOT make any progress on my manuscript to save my life:

The End

Every word is a puzzle
I struggle to speak
Every thought or idea
Slips out of my reach
I stumble, I fumble
I can’t find my feet
The letters escape
And my pen skips a beat
When all that I want
When all that is mine
Is summed up in perfectly
Haphazard lines
The flow seems to stop…
Stop. No, it won’t come again
A passion evicted
A gift’s fatal end

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Now, seven years after the writer’s block set in, God has lifted that block and given me fresh, new inspiration for my fiction writing. My first book, which is set in Romania, is now finished (I’m waiting on some feedback from my critique partner before I start seriously submitting to agents), and I’m nearly halfway through the first draft of the sequel, which is set in Paris.

To celebrate these incredible milestones, I thought I would post the above poem. It was written from a place of frustration and hopelessness. A year later, I met Hope. His name is Jesus, and He has been so good to me.

This is a poem, filled with hope, that I wrote for him – and I wrote it even when I had the writer’s block. Because my identity isn’t in my writing. It’s in Him. And He was good to me, even when I couldn’t do the thing I felt I was created to do: write and tell stories.

 

All That Saves

A warm wind blows
Her warm blond hair
Waving, washing
If you dare
A wave that washes
Over me
A pale black night
A memory
A scent that makes it
All come back
A warmth that crushes
Tit-for-tat
A surge that brushes
‘Gainst her mind
That rushes through
The sands of time
And in that moment
Stillness reigns
A Savior’s love
Is all that saves

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