A Writer’s Journey – Heroes, Spies, and Writer’s Block

The final quote; a closing line

Last chance to make it shine


Bold beginning; full of zest

A secret agent lost in Budapest


Lots of action; an amazing chase

A hero’s hand always holds an ace


Brushed by death; just another day

But in the end, he gets away


Much too simple; away through the mist

Add some backstory and a quick plot twist


Almost home; until that fatal turn

The big explosion filled with crash and burn


Things look grim; but just for spice

What comes next is a roll of the dice


Scene is shifting; an underground hotel

Bandaged and bloodied in a tiny cell


Captured while unconscious; barely breathing

Hit or miss whether his heart keeps beating


Imprisoned; his captors want to interrogate

If he spills his guts, he just might skate


A second twist; our hero playing coy

He’s strong enough for a whipping boy


The perfect moment; after taking a beating

Henchmen all went away for a meeting


His moves like lightning; swiftly kicking

Acting fast while the clock keeps ticking


Subdued the guard; now he’s on the run

Grabs the keys and grabs a gun


A quick escape; he’s on the street

Needs a car, then he spots a fleet


Under the dash; a quick twist of the wires

The engine argues, but then it fires


Through the gears; the traffic is thin

Discovered he’s in West Berlin


No passport or documents; no papers or money

He laughs out loud, but it’s not funny


Find a safe house; one that has supplies

Very quietly, with no compromise


Off the grid; going full-on to the dark

Must stay safe from the evil oligarch


Act one and two; the plot still thick

But he’s being tailed by a Bolshevik


Double back; now he’s the chaser

Ends a life with a silenced tracer


Words come rapidly; the story growing

Enemies everywhere and none are slowing


The life of a spy; how short it can be

Death is calling like a screaming banshee


But as heroes go; this one has it right

Keeps on moving to avoid the fight


But what is missing; why is he pursued?

Maybe a woman or a long-standing feud


Government secrets; stolen jewels

Exposing smugglers and their mules


Narcotics ring; weapons dealers

Whispered reasons from the squealers


Thoughts are failing; another writer’s block

Frozen fingers while I stare at the clock


Like the other day; and the days before

Even since the days of dinosaurs


A hundred pages; sometime less

I just get stuck and can’t progress


The act three curse; my Achilles’ heel

Days of misery are my life’s ordeal


Surrender; again I cast my work aside

Seek out my bed and crawl inside


Fitful dreams; another sleepless night

It’s so infuriating when I cannot write


Writer’s block; a mind of its own

The root cause of all that I bemoan


I’ve prayed for help; went on my knees

But no luck or magic came to unfreeze


My brain stays stuck; it’s just like a torture

The price I pay for trying to be an author

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “A Writer’s Journey – Heroes, Spies, and Writer’s Block

  • March 7, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    I sure understand this writer’s block thing. I have never experienced it before, but for about six weeks or more I find that finishing a story is not coming down. Starting a new story every day and they are piling up, incomplete. May the gods have mercy on us.

    Great piece, Ralph. I hope you finish the spy’s story – it is very interesting so far.

  • March 9, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    One I love what you did with the couplets they where “Action Couplets” very nice. I also enjoyed the twist and the turn and the tie in! Well written, Ralph, and an enjoyable read. Jamie

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