of Writing …

This is a free verse poem. The poem was inspired by one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”


This post is shared with and inspired by the prompts at Write Tribe Wednesdays. Also sharing it with The Imaginary Garden (Get Listed) and Red Wolf Poems (Wordle #19 / Ritual of Writing).


a thread unravels,
from this old yarn
of many thoughts;
it is one I choose
to explore again,
like a new riddle.

like a painter sees,
another mystery
in palette’s drops;
and choosing one,
he gently touches
with his old brush,
brings it to life
on a new canvas.

many days later,
he might choose
to dip that brush,
in the drop that
today becomes.

in today’s verse,
might be born
tomorrow’s too.


(5th June 2014)

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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.

54 thoughts on “of Writing …

  1. Your poem is beautiful. It fits well with Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote about creativity. I think the whole world mourns Dr. Maya Angelou. She truly lived a good life.

  2. Well here’s wishing that you already have the verse for tomorrow 🙂

    Enjoyed reading the free flow and you are right sometimes as we are writing , we can get an idea of what we going ot post next .. as you mentioned the painter finding ….

    • Glad you liked the poem and that you felt this piece spoke a truth, Kim 🙂 Thanks much. We are ready when that evolving is complete, I feel.

  3. Lovely take on the quote. Inspiration can come from anywhere, sometimes from new thoughts and sometimes from old, and sometimes in today’s words tomorrow can be foretold.

  4. This really is a solid, holistic poem, expressing the sense of the quote in a personalized and very vivid way–I especially liked
    ‘he might choose
    to dip that brush,
    in the drop that
    today becomes…’
    —very much how the cycle seems to go.

  5. The metaphors are brilliant, the expression lovely, the meaning so…right. Thank you for sharing!

  6. oh yes. I agree..
    you have magic with poetry Leo and even a non-poem person like me can understand and appreciate your poems 🙂

    you should get published.

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