This poem sums up what forms my writer’s block most of the time when I’m creating stories and poems. I hesitate because I worry my work isn’t novel, special, or worthwhile. Instead of pushing my limits, I am paralyzed by the idea that someone else can write my thoughts better than me, tell my stories more creatively. Or even worse—has already penned and published my idea that I imagine is so unique.
“The Writer’s Quandary”
Have all the poems been written?
Has every story been told?
Are all the metaphors spoken,
And are all the similes old?
Can I add to mankind’s canon?
Can I make a new connection?
Or am I merely an echo,
A well-traveled intersection?
Am I even the first to have
Thought this, wondering what remains?
I doubt it, yet I continue:
For many great songs have refrains.
And perhaps I can add a gem
Of value through the work I do,
Whether repeating a truth once
More or sharing something that’s new.
In this age of ever-multiplying information, is there anything left to be added? I’ll argue that no matter what, we can always keep asking questions and searching for answers, which is what I love to do…And perhaps that pursuit is not limited to research papers and essays, like I so often assume. Asking questions and finding answers is one avenue where creative writing, from stories to plays to poems, can also expand our knowledge and our understanding of the world and each other.
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