After the Drought

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After the Drought

My thoughts escape,
But words seem to dry;
A paper lies crumpled,
Yet I continue to try.

Elusive these words,
Deep within they lie,
Dormant they remain,
Yet I continue to try.

Desperation reached,
I put the pen down,
Then they rise above,
And in words, I drown.

The block now broken,
An acceptance it sees,
And along with a verse,
My heart finds peace.

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(Β© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 27th July 2016)


Poetry & writing 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.

64 thoughts on “After the Drought”

  1. Wow! This speaks straight to the heart Vinay ? such a wonderful description of loss at words and then the awakening of muse.. ❀ it feels like rain after a long drought. Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

    • Oh yes. πŸ™‚ The muse awakens at the time when we are just about to give up on the thought and writing it down, Sanaa. And it definitely feels as calming as the rain. Glad you liked the poem.
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  2. This is such a beautiful poem! Quitting is the easy way out always and like you put out rightly , it is darkest right before the dawn, with the belief that this shall too pass, life seems easier.
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    • It is indeed darkest before the dawn, and the phase of writers block will pass soon, Ramya. It’s just a testing time, when we are tempted to quit, but we should not. Glad you felt my poem was beautiful. πŸ˜€ Thanks!
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    • Yes. The writing after the block brings me much peace and happiness, Grace. As did this poem about that feeling of contentment. Glad that you liked it! πŸ˜€

  3. Oddly, writing continuously, in one form or another, I never have succumbed to a block; perhaps some word constipation, but never total blockage. I just write, move the pen, call for the Muse, & although my writing may not be sterling, it will sit on the handwritten page as I walk away, to return soon with blue pencil in hand to redefine & shape it. Your response here really rocks the prompt though; smile.

    • To have never been in a block while writing, that’s really nice, Glenn. πŸ™‚ When I’m in a flow of writing, it seems to come out well. But once it stops, it takes a bit of time to rekindle that desire again. Glad you felt my response to the prompt was good. Thank you.

    • Ayyada! πŸ˜› Athu palleel poyi paranja mathi. πŸ˜€ You’ve been in a drought for a while. Time for the rain now. πŸ˜‰ Start writing, Ishi. It’ll come out beautifully!

  4. Wow! Another amazing poem, Vinay. ? Words have a notorious nature, they only play hide and seek with us. And when we show signs of giving up, they rise and helps us to connect them together. ?

    • Glad you felt the poem was amazing, Saumy. πŸ™‚ At times, the hide and seek words play becomes so long that we can’t help but think of giving up, I guess. πŸ˜€ Thankfully, that phase doesn’t last very long.

  5. SMiLes the day
    i danceD Free
    and never stopped
    iS the Day the
    and never
    WiLL.. ah,, the MooN
    revolves around the Earth..
    the Earth around the Sun..
    and the Sun wiTh MilkY
    way around a
    and my words
    revolve around a dance
    in MoVinG ConNecTinG
    CreAting thAT neVer
    stops as art
    and science
    ArT.. and
    sure that’s my
    middle name.. too..
    hehe.. as humor fueLs
    iT even more as JOkErs
    kNOw no StoP to LiFe noW..:)
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  6. So nice to see you at dVerse today!
    Ah, this is so true…to sit with the pen and think and think and write and scribble and then give up – for but a moment. And then the idea hits and we write like mad!
    I especially like your personal comment — that writing is like a breath of fresh air.

    • Happy to be at d’Verse today, Lillian. πŸ™‚ I like that you liked my poem and that it could resonate. πŸ˜€ It is a breath of fresh air, and felt even more so when the block is broken! Thanks!

  7. Oh I love this! And it’s so true, isn’t it? If you can just find the will to continue when you’re ready to give up, you can find a breakthrough!

  8. Excellent poem on that dreaded block. I rarely have a word blockage – I get quiet and sit in nature and then…it most happily starts up again. And you are right, it is indeed like a breath of fresh air. Excellent work in this. Glad to see you at dVerse. Why the having to check the block on commenting? If I wasn’t up to it, I wouldn’t have filled in these words.

    • Ah. I like that quietness in nature, Kanzensakura. πŸ™‚ My thoughts keep buzzing about, so I rarely get that. πŸ˜€ So the relief from the dreaded block is quite huge, a breath of fresh air!

      Glad to be at dVerse too. The checkbox is because I’m getting a lot of unwanted spam. And the check limits that by a lot. Not to doubt that you are up to it. Just to make sure that the spambots aren’t upto it. πŸ˜€ Sorry.

  9. Hi Vinay…I can relate to your poem, especially the sense of peace when the words flow! Also admire your cool blog site and cartoon gravatar πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for the kind words of appreciation about my blog and the gravatar, Lynn. Glad that you could relate to my poem and that sense of peace when writing. πŸ™‚

  10. I normally sleep on it only for the ideas to rouse me from dozing. That why a keep a notepad by the side of the bed. We must all dance with our muse a little.
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    • Notepad on the side of the bed. Brilliant, Old Egg. πŸ™‚ If an idea I dream up is remembered post the sleep, I put it into a Google Keep file. We all do dance to the muse a little, that’s certain!

  11. Oh yes. Absolutely. The relief that comes after writing is palpable. πŸ™‚ Beautifully expressed.

  12. I liked all of it and it is so good you don’t need to improve…so there now you know…very enjoyable…I’m Off! πŸ™‚

  13. This is like an immersing guide to clearing writer’s block…absolutely delicious! Wonderful poem…Leo!

  14. Hi Leo,

    Just a note: Would also appreciate it if you can visit and return comments from other poets. Our D’verse community thrives on reciprocal visits and encouragement from each other. Thanks for your participation.
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    • Hi Grace. πŸ™‚ I usually do visit as many as possible from the Blenza. I know it’s about reciprocal visits! I’ve already visited much of Poetics participants.

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