Condit Dam

When teeth like sandbags stop the flow
Of stream of consciousness
When writing what you know
Produces less and less
Get up, get out and run around
Barefoot brush the grass and ground
Merely laugh if you fall down
Sprawled under unfolding sky

Go back indoors, but not for long:
Sing a silly backwards song,
Random selection from bookcase
Then back again to outdoor space

There find a spot that’s not the ground
Nor overly man-made
Preferably in the shade
A rock, perhaps, or log that’s round

Or maybe you could try
A bough that bows to you
And presents a kind of throne
Royally seated, explore knowledge new
Then create writing your own

Picture by A Chance of Sunshine


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Poetry & Icecream
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 18:17:08

    Great advice! I enjoyed reading this πŸ™‚
    PS. You should post this at Poets United


  2. Judy Roney
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 18:33:52

    I like your unique and concrete remedy to writers block. Great job!


  3. Russ L
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 19:32:03

    Makes me want to get silly!


  4. Morning
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 21:05:37




  5. Kay Salady
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 03:44:50

    “A bough that bows to you” Oh, that’s just super! Loved it! xoXox


  6. David King
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 04:10:30

    The first stanza had me gagging for more, the second is priceless – I’d better not go on, I’ll be overdoing it. A really enjoyable visit. Thanks.


  7. marit
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 14:57:11

    I like the sentiment of this poem. I agree!


  8. liv2write2day
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 13:56:46

    I love this advice! Taking a walk (not barefoot, though) is one of my favorite cures.


  9. Bob
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 09:11:18

    I like this, it’s so true, you must have input to create output, and I also like how this flows.


  10. The Noiseless Cuckooclock
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:44:04

    some smart insights, love the beauty of being serious yet with manners.


  11. RoughWaterJohn
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 20:26:09

    Beautiful and fun, I’m a sucker for a great combo like that. πŸ™‚


  12. e.a.s. demers
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 15:50:05

    Very cool…. perfect advice for anybody who suddenly finds themselves creatively ‘blocked’ πŸ™‚


  13. viewingcamelot
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 23:20:27

    When teeth like sandbags stop the flow
    Of stream of consciousness
    When writing what you know
    Produces less and less



  14. viewingcamelot
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 23:39:05

    Wow. The water moved like ash. That was beautiful.


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