Return to verse…

I do not know,
where’s the passion
I had not long ago;
when these words
had felt so alive,
meant a lot more
when I had tried.
now they feel odd
like a stranger’s kiss;
so reluctant to smile,
something is amiss.

I write but to live,
words – my breath,
long I have been,
next door to death.
remains a thread,
that last bit of hope,
a voice tells me,
that I shall cope.

for that I must find,
that hidden spark;
my love for words,
that’s now in dark.
so I now try again,
to return to verse,
just write, not check
if it’s better or worse.


Shared with Poets United (Poetry Pantry), and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads (Open Link Monday).


(June 10th, 2013)

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

28 thoughts on “Return to verse…

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  1. Leo, I hope this is not too true of you at the minute.
    Or if it is, that it leaves you soon with the return of your wordpower and linguistic passion.
    I liked your hidden rhyme. Overlooked it at first read.

    • I’m recovering from a wordblock indeed, Aprille. I hope to be back strong, and soon as well. 🙂 Glad you liked my rhyme.

  2. Leo, you mentioned having been close to death, and while I don’t know the circumstances, I do know that those types of “ledges” – dwelling in the thin places – actually make us stronger poets. The idea of write, don’t think twice, it’s all right, as Dylan would say, yes, I get it. And I admire this poem so much. Glad you posted at Real Toads. Amy

    • Ah, Amy… been a bit ill, but nothing much to worry 🙂 I think once the words come out sooner, I’ll not feel so heavy. Glad to have shared. Thank you.

  3. That was true emotions that you have woven into words, loved your last stanza where you have mentioned the panacea yourself, writing from heart, not worrying too much about it being better or worse. 🙂

    • Been in love once 🙂 so yes, can relate to happy verses being written then 😛 However, blocks usually don’t look at relationship status before hitting I believe 😀 Thanks, Rallentanda.

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