Writer’s Block

By Ria Meronek

Sketch by Edouard Manet

I have lost the ability

            to capture words,

To snatch them from the ether

            and pin them to the page.



I have lost the talent

            to grab a comely phrase

            and spread it on a line.



I have lost the knowing

            of how to turn a sentence

            to catch a reader unawares.



My pen sits silent,

            poised against the page.

Ever patient,




No urge to nervous doodles,

No want to practice curves and loops

            along a line.



It waits

            for the voices of the dead

            to rise again,


For the muted cadence

            carried on the backs and spines

            and in fat bellies

 of the words upon the page.   

Ria Meronek has had a lifelong love affair with words, both as a reader and writer. She prefers paper over digital, pencil over pen and poetry over stories. She also enjoys the everyday writing of letters, notes, and lists.   This poem was written for Tell Your Story of Home, a collaboration of Reinventing Home and Leap, an intimate platform for online learning.

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