When the Words Won’t Come


Poetry tops the list of things I love. I’ve never had a chance to study it as an art form. The college I went to didn’t have much use for poetry. Nobody ever got rich from writing. I can make the statement they didn’t place much value on the written word as a means of expression. In my time there, only one creative writing class was offered every four years because it was a requirement for middle school teachers. I felt sorry for my professor. It was his last year before retirement. All my classmates did was complain. I decided to devote 2021 to learn about the different styles of poems. Therefore, in February, I plan to write sonnets. I’ve titled this one When the Words Won’t Come.

The sonnet form I used to write When the Words Won’t Come

I used the style of a Shakespearean Sonnet to write…..There is a certain pattern used in one of these poems

First, Quatrain establishs the subject of the sonnet. It consists of four lines with a rhyme scheme of ABAB.

Second, Quatrain develops the sonnet’s theme. It also consists of four lines with a rhyme scheme of CDCD.

Third, Quatrain rounds off the sonnet with a rhyme scheme of EFEF.

The ending couplet should act as the conclusion and uses a GG rhyme scheme.

The poet should use the iambic pentameter when writing a sonnet. I don’t if I can achieve this since I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Also, I will be recovering from having knee replacement surgery. My guess is pain killers will be involved. Hang onto your hats. This month’s exploration of poetry should be interesting.

When the Words Won’t Come

A hazy brain competes with an addled mind

The nerve cells are brittle and numb

In this writer’s world so twisted and twined

What do you do when the words won’t come?

My temperature is normal not a hundred degrees

I’ve done my daily dose of reading to help stimulate

I’m suffering from a writer’s most dreaded disease

The absence of wordplay in the mind unable to create

The well can run dry when life becomes dreary

Frustrating to hear the ticking of the clock

Grasping for elusive words can make one weary

Existing in the vicious circle of writer’s block

The only cure when you’re caught in that trap

Sit down at the keyboard and start writing crap

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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