Space

Space

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Davy, a lovely modern take on being becalmed, may I use it for my article as it would make a great scene setter.

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It will, Davy! No need to stress the blank screen! The words will flow again!
All writers have these times…I know I do…so I use the break to take a walk, or complete a chore, or get a hot drink or call a friend…(enjoyable things)…and soon muse kicks in and words appear. ๐Ÿ™‚
HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Davy D, with your question you already graced the white space .
Put a little notebook in your pocket and go for a walk and the words will come. Scribble on like Oliver Sachs.
Miriam

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Perfect! A poem just for writers. Who hasn’t seen that frightful white screen and wondered? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Worry about filling space is the surest way to kill off ideas, just as worry kills off sleep. ‘Space’ is the creative artist’s nightmare, but it is also his/her route to inspiration, as you yourself prove, Davy, by consistently composing such powerful and meaningful images.

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    Thank you Roland for your kind thoughts and words. Nigel has just posted an article on this very subject, which is worth a read. I feel this is a subject which we may be revisiting.

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Interesting…. I canโ€™t decide if this poem is about not finding your words and thoughts or a comment about racism. Your use of black and white in the way you did made me feel uncomfortable. Not sure if you intended that to happen. But I am so conditioned to political correctness living in a country that now sees bigotry around every corner because of our corrupt leader, that this poem has layers inside of it that I doubt you realized were being peeled back.

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    Thank you for your thoughts Lesley and there is discomfort in this poem but not related to anything racial. There is a book called, On Poetry, by Glyn Maxwell where he uses the term black to describe the poet and white, everything outside of the poet. So in the context of this poem it describes the feeling of not being able to write anything. Beyond that it also looks at whether the poet (black) will ever be able to grace anything outside of themselves (white). This takes us into the realm of the poet moving beyond ego. I hope this makes sense.

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Yes, It makes total sense, thanks Davy. I thought you meant something of that nature but because of all the turmoil going on here in America I wondered if there was a double meaning. As a teacher I recall reading lesson plans from the state and thinking their teacherโ€™s guide missed the boat. Itโ€™s like a funny old Rodney Dangerfield movie called ( I think) โ€œBack to Schoolโ€ where heโ€™s taking a lit class and the professor asks a question about the book Slaughter House Five. Kurt Vonnegut raises his hand as if he is a student in the class and he answers the question in detail. The teacher proceeds to tell the author that heโ€™s totally wrong and shares some absurd hypothetical answers about the authorโ€™s intent. It was cleverly done and funny because it shows just how we can easily misinterpret the written word.

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    Thank you Lesley and this is a very interesting topic. I often think it is only the author who can know the true thought or meaning of their works. As readers we see things through our own filters – Life experience, value systems, cultural boundaries. That is why I enjoy reading the differing views and conversations on poetry. Thank you again.

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This is so true of writers not knowing what to write. Well done, Davy.

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Reblogged this on Brave and Reckless and commented:
Davy D/Inside the Mind of Davy D

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Ha! I try and make it a habit not to get into a stare down with a computer screen. I haven’t won one of those yet! I don’t like the negative comments from the computer about why it is taking so long. Mine is a bit of a nag? That’s why I like to have a title, phrase or seed of inspiration before I confront a blank white screen.

Actually, I’m a lot like you and prefer to write with pen and paper. Paper is way more patient and sensitive to touch, but I have been lured to the computer for speed and forgiveness with errors and misspellings. You have to admit undo, delete, copy and save are pretty damn seductive???

Great post, My Friend
Chuck

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    Very true Chuck, sometimes the computer screen can have its moments but I find it cold and insensitive. I think this modern age is passing me by and don’t know whether that is a good thing. Thank you for your insightful and pleasurable comment.

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Ahh, See what you’ve done! Again! You’ve provided me with one of your hyper seeds of inspiration and now I have another blossom blooming! You got me to laughing (cracking up actually) and I commented while doing that and now I’ve got a hybrid – post&comment! What are we supposed to call this??? LOL!!!

I will send this to you “Midnight Staredown”.
Chuck

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    Thank you Chuck and I am always honoured to have provided some seeds for your excellent poetry. I have read the poem and love it. I shall be popping over to your blog to share more thoughts. Thank you.

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Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
Do you have stare downs with a computer screen? Come read Davy’s “Space”

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Thank you Chuck, this is most appreciated.

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Always glad to provide you with a seed of inspiration. Thank you Chuck. Apologies for the delay in replying but I have just dug myself out of the heavy snow we have experienced over here in the UK.

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