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  Writers Block
by Paul Williams
Friday, April 08, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Having recently encountered more literary elitism, I've decided to re-post this tongue in cheek riposte.

Writers Block


In a stream my consciousness is afloat

like Noah’s gopher wood boat.

An ark of thought, a covenant,

fitted with an outboard motor,

speeding across an ocean of ideas

in a white overcoat.


Across the ocean there lies a land

where the beaches are terribly bland

and phonemes, dwell beneath the sand.

Where fact and fiction are swept up

by the tides of taste and lain upon a shore,

desolate, except for a cultural gate.


Guarded by a sycophantic cat

that sits on an intransigent mat.

Slavishly deciding what is ‘culture’

and who it should let in.

Determining what is rubbish

destined for the bin.


Beyond the cultural gate in the realm of

the ‘canon of stolen truths.’

A miasma blurs the dwellings,

golden towers with ivory roofs.’

Inhabited by odious beasts

that thrive on cultural snobbery.

Profane creatures, renowned for

their linguistic robbery.

Oppressing realistic voices

in favour of elitist choices.


As my boat draws near

the motor looses a gear.

Tendrils of fear now grip the ark’

floating aimlessly, adrift in the dark.

Heading toward the canonical reef,

A rocky barrier where many


has come to grief.


I release the birds

that carry the words - but to no avail.

My mission is doomed to fail

smashed against the rocks, and sunk. 

To be washed up on a desolate shore

Like flotsam – just a pile of junk.

                                                                                                      P Williams ©2001


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Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 10/31/2005
Marvellous ! You've hit it bang on with the lines - Profane creatures, renowned for
their linguistic robbery.
Oppressing realistic voices
in favour of elitist choices.

:-) shoma

Reviewed by George Carroll 7/26/2005
You cut to the chase like a skilled surgeons knife knowing exactly what he wants to cut out and discard. Superb write.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/20/2005

I want to have writer's block just. Like. You. If you're blocked...sheeeesh! What am I? Comatose?? LOL

Excellent write, and that picture--WOW

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/9/2005
I LOVE THIS!!! Sounds just like the bastion of the established English poetry scene thus far... and like the on-going struggle I have on my MA course - but then, just for this year, I have to be a "good girl" and try to play it their way!! ... Since I don't know nuffink anyways... Have had five poems returned from one such literary magazine just this morning with a "nice, but not quite and please do try us again"-note attached... funnily enough, what came closest in their estimation were the two most flip I submitted: "Not Your Cinderella" and "Stirrer" ("Spoon" rewritten)... YES I DID send them "NYC" - provocative aren't I??!... but they seemed to quite like it! Sorry, this is knee-jerk Kate on the yap, but needless to say I like your pile of dog's-doo here! ((: TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/8/2005
So true and wise and... ...sadly, sad. But poets don't quit. Great stuff, Paul. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 4/8/2005
Elitists: Egomaniacs who should learn their place.
Elitists: They're not poets. They just play them badly.
Oooh, let's play pool. Elitists can be the balls. Oh, no. That won't work. They're not cool enough for pool. Okay. Billiards.

Did I say I liked your poem, Paul? ~~Nordette
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/8/2005
This is fantastic Paul! I love the way you did this;-)

my poem wasn't about block,that's not my problem,
it's that I'm not satisfied with my work anymore,
if I ever was;-)

Thanks for your support
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 4/8/2005
Interesting take on the temporary. Liked your imagery. R
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/8/2005
The Writer's Graveyard - where we shall all probably end up some day - but it's probably a much better place than those towers filled with those odious beasts!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/8/2005
Writer block huh???

That is what I calleee a!!

Excellent "Touch in the cheek" or is it ear!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 4/8/2005
Cleverly written -- enjoyed each linguistic jab!
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/8/2005
Great poem, Paul, so true! So sadly true that the best poets on God's green earth should be rejected by the "establishment".

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