I was inspired recently by Elli Write’s Monthly Writing Contest , which asks for submissions on the subject of Rebirth. There is something really special about being given a simple brief, without direction, and asked to open your creative wings.  A writer will often have numerous ideas buzzing around his or her head. But in my book, a writer proves their worth only when they have to adapt and flow with the inspiration of the moment, without relying what they have done in the past. So without further ado here is my effort:

To be everything you dreamt and more,
To have the aching void of what could be,
No longer a painful absence in your chest,
But full with bursting joy,
But then again…
Without the void,
There can be no light, no star of hope or twist of fear,
No human world in a spin,
At this mad game we call a life.
So stay on a while dear emptiness,
Linger on my friend discontent,
To fill my pen with bitter fruits,
Of loves lost upon the wind of this neglect,
That carries stories whispered as if in dream,
Of what was and what could be,
The ever lasting strife for better life:

12 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. The Hook
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 18:57:40

    Great work. How do you do it?


  3. mbwilliams
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 20:49:37

    Thanks Hook, I just put pen to paper I suppose…and try to stop for nothing! 🙂


  4. Flor
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 23:49:12

    Superb flow. Brilliantly timed, impecably honest and elegant. Hat off


  5. mbwilliams
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 10:35:37

    Thanks Flor!


  6. Jennifer M. Hartsock
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 22:16:52

    I’m currently taking a modern english class and learning about modern poets and prose writers. I’ve never had an ear for literature, yet write. I’m glad to have read your poem after learning a bit about form and sense. Thank you, I wish you luck in this contest.



  7. mbwilliams
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:50:08

    Thanks Jennifer, good luck to you too, and I must say for someone who claims to have no ear for literature, you write very well. I am in the middle of reading your piece on the Many Ways to God. I have never had any formal training, and other than Japanese Haiku have never tried sticking to a formula. However, I have observed that when in the right state of mind for writing good poetry the correct form and flow is produced anyway, and this is what I try to do, rather sticking to the correct form to produce good poetry.


  8. Elli Writes
    May 10, 2011 @ 07:25:02

    Hey Mark! Just so you know, I just posted the voting page for the April Contest entries. 🙂 You can find it here: Best of luck!!


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