catch

 

scattered thoughts,

words

swirl

skeetering by

at the edges of my mind

causing that “tip of the tongue” feeling

but nothing gels…nothing firms up

poetry refusing to be forced

will not be written or spoken

instead

the lines catch  in my throat

aggravating already swollen vocal cords

I fear a broken voice.

~Melanie Thomason

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26 responses to “catch

  1. I really like the layout and flow of this. I could feel the words and thoughts swirling around in the first stanza, then how ironic that even a broken voice found a way to speak through this poem.
    So excited that you joined in with us at dVerse. Hope to see you again! 🙂

  2. Never fear the broken voice… for whatever voice that comes out is truly the poet’s voice for that piece! In this case a voice that imparts a well-drawn poem.

  3. I fear that broken voice too…but it is a voice that must be shared with others if you are open to it. I really enjoyed reading your poem. Nice to meet you Melanie.

  4. It sounds like a cross between wrier’s block and laryngitis. I hope not both. You’ve definitely got me straining to hear the next line,

  5. Great poem. I too like the layout of the poem. I think it help the words flow easily when read.

  6. that last line is succinct and so beautiful. it is like a beautiful period to this great poem. 🙂

  7. I think we all fear the same broken voice. But I’ve always believed some pens are braver that voices. Let our ink make its mark. 😉

  8. Yes, this is also my fear. Nicely written! 🙂

  9. A broken voice: whether your literal or metaphorical voice, that is something worth being afraid of for the poet (or any other artist for that matter)

  10. Excellent…. Poetry cannot be forced

  11. Oh, how I can relate. You can’t force those poems to come forth until they’re ready. Well done. 🙂
    Gayle ~

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