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Spot the change in this leopard

Uninspired, I hit that snooze button and lose

precious bits of day;

10 minutes at a time.

The early worm is bird breakfast

I choose life and wiggle deeper into the blankets

The result of a late night;

Midnight and the smell of burning oil

Alone in my minds graveyard

I shift lifeless poems around in a handbasket.

The hell of writers block.

My pen and poetry were simply not on the same page.

©Richard Quaz Roodt(2011)


This poem is linked to d’Versepoets.com(Poetics Prompt:Idioms)

  1. zongrik says:

    i like the image of shifting lifeless poems around in a handbasket.

    i go around taking notes to put in a poem all the time, so i have these lifeless poems also.

  2. brian miller says:

    ha nice…the early worm is bird food…def a fan of digging in deeper in the blankets…smiles…nice burning the midnite oil mix in there as well…there are time i need to just stop burning…

  3. Mary says:

    Heh, Quaz, doesn’t seem like there is any writer’s block for you today. I can understand, however, staying under those covers a few extra moments.

  4. I have my fair share of ‘lifeless poems in a handbasket’, great write and glad the pen and poetry came together for it.

  5. Heaven says:

    I can feel you in with this writer’s block… hopefully it is just temporary, like a snooze, and up we go to write again ~

  6. marousia says:

    Ah nice disruptions of idioms deftly written – may your writer’s block vanish soon 🙂

  7. Roy Schulze says:

    Excellent twist on the trite. You could’ve just left your idioms lying out in plain sight, but instead you’ve made your readers do half the work…as it should be. Well done.

  8. Bodhirose says:

    Sleeping in is one of my favorite things–up all night–sleeping late. I don’t care about those bird breakfasts either!

  9. Yousei Hime says:

    I love the slight twists with each idiom, making me think and rethink what is said. Nice.

  10. claudia says:

    hmm..happens at times..but changes as quickly as the wind…and looks like it already changed..seeing the fine piece you wrote..I shift lifeless poems around in a handbasket…i like

  11. Quaz says:

    Thanks Guys! Great prompt Brian.

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