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Words Fail

On Writers Block and a Writer's Healing

By Olivia L. DobbsPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Words Fail
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Words fail

I sip scalding Earl Grey poured from a tea kettle.

An empty white screen lights up a dim room.

A vertical line blinks on an untitled document.


Words fail

A notebook sits at the bottom of a suitcase.

Three optimistic pencils undulled on vacation.

Blank pages, calm, weightless head.


Words fail

Inspiration traded for a piece of peace of mind.

Sentences no longer pour out of a heart unburdened.

What do I write when all is fine?


Words fail

Two months of healing, hard and hardly won.

The light at the end of the tunnel is silent.

Ignorance and a quiet mind are bliss.


Words fail

Hedonistic happiness shadowed by blips of concern.

A tiny worry slips past newfound barriers,

“Was cortisol all that propelled me forward?”


Words fail

Another calendar month flips over.

I stroll in quiet fields as my brain blooms with serotonin

In passing, I pause and touch the flowers.


Words fail.

Rather, they don't pour out easily today.

With each morning comes more repairs, hope, and courage.

I'll try again tomorrow.

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About the Creator

Olivia L. Dobbs

Science Enthusiast, Naturalist, Dreamer.

Check out my science! -> bit.ly/DobbsEtAl

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Nice work

Very well written. Keep up the good work!

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  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Your second stanza reminds me of what I go through when I head home for the holidays... Excellent!

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