Monday, June 13, 2011

I Cannot Write Today...

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I cannot write today,
Chloe is begging and begging to play.
The cat won't eat,
My husband didn't sleep,
I cannot write today.

My pen exploded,
the internet's down,
there's laundry to do and
flowers to water.
I cannot write today.

There's a fly in the room,
It's raining outside,
I really need to vacuum
And dust bunnies are taking over.
I cannot write today.

No one reads it anyways,
and I have nothing important to say.
Who wants to read about
a silly fluffy dog
or the grandkids latest conversation.
I cannot write today.

But here's the real excuse--
I have too much to say.
Too many jumbled thoughts
Trying to escape through my fingers.
I need to let them slip
Onto my paper.

I need to write today.


  1. great words - glad you put them on paper today

  2. Oh, I love it! So playful! Wonderful idea! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing! Happy blogging!

  3. Really great rhythm that tells it like it is, for sure. Love the repetition & the way your ending got to the truth. Hope your class is good today!

  4. Love your poem! I'm glad you wrote today. The excuses are great - a fly in the room . . . a total distraction, how many kids could relate to that.

  5. Each stanza I read was a favorite, but the ending, the way you twisted the words and made them so true totally blew me away.

    I want to hear about a silly dog and grandchildren and your stories. They matter.

    Thanks for writing,

  6. Love it! It's hard to believe that people want to hear about our lives and thoughts. I'm so glad that you share.

  7. I love it too!! One of my favorites -- you know I'm feeling the same these days! Maybe I have too much to say too?!? We just have to slow down and let the words slip out. I like it.

  8. There's something about this that reminds me of Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick." I'm not sure what it is exactly, but there's something about the way it rhymes and flows that makes me think of that poem. (BTW: "Sick" is one of my favorites. I memorized it and used to recite it to my students whenever I thought they were feigning illness. It usually got them to laugh and admit that they didn't need to go to the nurse.)


  9. This is wonderful! I love it--and can relate. :)
    Glad you turned not writing into something well-written.

  10. Such a great poem! You capture the writing dilemma so well.

  11. This is wonderful - and inspirational. I'm struggling to write these days but maybe if I look at it so playfully, it will come.