THE BEWILDERED POET

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THE BEWILDERED POET

Just sat there,
Neither happy nor sad;
No words came, all were spent.

So it seemed,

Can you listen, look,
yet not find one, a single one
lazily floating by?

Bewildered the poet sat.

She already told about the morning scent,
About whispers and hums,
about a sky, sheer blue;
In its new washed morning hue.

About troubling contrasts,
rivers of pain
as the beaten and dispossessed flowed;
In slow and defeated mass.

About the morning birds’ song,
the flower’s hue,
even Lines in the sand;
Did the words get washed away?

A tear spilled down the poet’s cheek.

c/ miriam ivarson

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40 thoughts on “THE BEWILDERED POET

  1. Thanks for your lovely response Roland. I should have read your post
    first and found all these masses of words … or just made some up.
    This morning the birds have a party outside my window and they have a
    lot to say. 😊 .

    miriam

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    • Radhika, thank you. Maybe we all feel so at times. I admit I am in a very otherworldly environment at the moment and might be affected by the quieter whispers of nature. Except when it storms.
      If a void persisted it would be a sorrow.

      Miriam

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  2. ‘Becalmed on the seas where poets dream’, we must await the winds to whisper past and be caught in our sail’. Though of course, this has happened already I think because I’ve just read a wonderful poem!

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  3. Thank you for your wonderful comment Nigel. There was indeed a poem of sorts there even if it came from someone becalmed. 😊 . I watched sailing boats the other day and becalmed they didn’t get far.
    I will just watch the beautiful yellow butterfly flitting from flower to flower and then pack to go back to England tomorrow.

    Miriam

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  4. Thank you for your very positive response Julie. It does appear that we are quiete a few who feel both thoughts and inspiration is gone at times. As I felt quite peaceful it might simply be that I actually felt at peace. 😊 .

    Anyway, funny thing is, by writing about it one still does create. πŸ’• .

    Miriam

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    • Thanks Jaqui, it would. I am sure the inspirations would return if we give
      ourselves the time the soul or body is asking for.
      If not there would be an empty space within.

      miriam

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  5. Thank you Christi, I find it also interesting how many recognise themselves.
    Yet, as Nigel says, by not writing I did write a poem.😊 .
    Little do we know what triggers genuine ideas – at least I feel so.
    In my case I woke up and felt this eerie silence within and just sat up and
    scribbled down what I felt.

    Perhaps we need a break and just be.

    miriam

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  6. Beautifully written poem of a sad state for writers of all genres to find themselves in, Miriam. I’ve been in that place many times, thinking that I’ll never write again. And then inspiration knocks out of the blue. πŸ™‚ 🌷🌼

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    • Thanks Lauren for your beautiful compliment.
      As to the sudden feeling we get at times that all has been written or said before I might be right though. However, we all find different slants and angles that are just us. This way the same basic message or thought will
      reach new readers. πŸ¦‹πŸ€—πŸŒ» .

      miriam

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  7. The images of blue sky, washing, blue tears, and the hums and whispers called my name. It’s okay to revisit these things, sometimes at a deeper level or from a different perspective, until something new develops. I’m reminded of the times I’ve seen a movie or read a verse again after some time has gone by and becoming aware of something I had not noticed before.

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  8. Thank you so much JoAnna for your lovely response. I agree that we revisit
    many places and events with deeper understanding and a heart more mature to feel more nuances and depth.
    So, no doubt I will write about nature and us human beings again and again.

    I also recognise your words about reading something again with a time gap and suddenly understand so much more. Would be a wonder if one day that would happen to any of my words.😊 .

    miriam

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  9. This poem articulates the thoughts of all of us…moments when our muse seems to hibernate or is cross with us. I let her be and ignore her tantrums by burying my face in my Kindle till she knows she has to hug me in order to survive. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for saying it so well Miriam, by catching the words that seemed to float around.

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  10. Thank you Balroop for your response. May it also be so that there need to be times when we should just be still and listen. Let our inner inspiration and well get a rest.?. πŸ¦‹ .

    Miriam

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  11. Oh no, Miriam, the words didn’t get washed away – I absorbed them. And I felt them. You’re doing a great job, Ms. Poet. Though sometimes, it’s OK to sit and be silent. The bewildering world comes to roost, and you’ll know what to write.

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    • Sharon, thank you for your sweet and fun response. Glad you felt the words and your encouragement is wonderful.
      I do so agree with you about stillness and believe it essential for any creative art. … and for life itself.
      πŸ’•
      miriam

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  12. Hi Miriam and thank you. It sounds as if you are a much more organised
    writer than I am. I obey inspiration too much, should maybe practice more.😊

    That morning I was sort of told to sit up and write. True. What about I wondered as my brain seemed empty. So I wrote just about that and maybe it was what was meant. How do we know.

    I have come to like editing too. It is satisfying to get rid and crop. To find some shape to it all. Sometimes though, a poem just is finished from beginning.

    Do you write every day?

    Miriam

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