Why Do You Abandon Me, Oh Muse?
Is There Such a Thing as Writer’s Block, and If So Why Do Some Suffer and Other’s Not?
I am constantly reading about one writer or another being afflicted with what is often termed “Writer’s Block.” Normally whenever I have a problem deciding what to write I just have to browse the book titles on my shelf, check the names of CDs in their rack, or look around me for inspiration. I can usually come up with something satisfactory to write, so never took writer’s block seriously. However, this time it seems different. I have quite a few ideas spinning in my brain but every time I try to put them down on paper I am disappointed that nothing suitable is taking shape.
I can usually come up with something satisfactory to write, so never took writer’s block seriously. However, this time it seems different. I have quite a few ideas spinning in my brain but every time I try to put them down on paper I am disappointed that nothing suitable is taking shape. While my peers seem to be churning out item after item (and good quality at that) I am languishing at my desk and lucky if I can publish one poem or article per week. Anyway, if worse come to worst take the lack of inspiration itself as inspiration. That’s what I did here.
Why Do You Abandon Me, Oh Muse?
Why do you abandon me, oh Muse?
The desire to write burns in me,
But my page is stark and barren
Like a desert without trees.
Expectantly, I place my pen to paper,
Willing you to take the lead,
But alas you guide me not!
My hand unmoved as though dead.
I have ideas within my mind
Though jumbled and unclear.
I need you to unravel them.
Oh Muse, take the wheel and steer.
They say, write something every day,
Anything at all.
I try to heed this wise advice,
But, I’m up against a wall.
Oh Muse, how I pine for you,
I’m abandoned and alone.
Please return from whence you’ve gone
To help my pen atone.
Others seem to write with ease,
Words fill page after page.
But I sit here without a thought
For my pen to engage.
I know that when the time is right
You’ll suddenly appear,
But patience is not an attribute
I personally revere.
I pray that you return, oh Muse,
I know that is your will.
Take me to new writing heights
And guide my stifled quill.
by John Hansen © 2017
After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.
I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.
I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.