i – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun with an invitation to write about writer’s block.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Writer’s Block

Photo: steve_a_johnson at pixabay.com

“You can’t think your way out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” John Rogers


The screen mocked my every thought, the arctic white page blinding my eyes as snow on a sunny day, making me squint in the hope of a direction even though I cannot see where I am going. The page an abstracted projection, a freudian note to myself that the page was mirroring my inner malaise of lost consciousness. The page was not unfriendly, we dined together as always. It’s just that the ideas flew past at the speed of sound, refusing to land in my mind. Even the dictionary drowned in my thoughtless fug. But, mercy be, there was the letter i and I’m sticking with that.

circling the blank page
my mind in another room
the curlew calls me

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Filed under awareness, Haibun, Haiku, quote, writing

50 responses to “i – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That you answer that call is all that matters.

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  2. We can’t lose sight of “i”. Fantastic write, Paul.

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  3. Paul, great haiku! Nature beguiles is a wonderful excuse, but getting outdoors will bring inspiration for the next dozen poems! ❤

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  4. There was once a funny movie with Nick Nolte in which he portrayed an expressionist elderly painter standing in front of a huge canvas. The looming exhibition not far away in time.
    He had no idea what to paint…
    At the airport the next day he met a young girl.
    She becomes his mistress, but soon openly cheats on him, even in his studio.
    Furious, he succeeds in creating wonderful pictures.
    The exhibition a success!
    Soon his gallery plans a new exhibition.
    And the painter finds himself back at the airport.

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  5. I love the quote, and how your haibun elaborates on this idea. Thinking too hard is really bad for my writing, I’ve found!

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  6. When I get writers block, I look for a different writing challenge.

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  7. I love this [new to me] word: “fug” – how perfect for your haibun, Paui 😀


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  8. Enjoyed this very much! Well done.

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  9. Ain Starlingsson

    Everything works in this haibun…from the artic white to the curfew…and thus the struggle…

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  10. yes… it’s not the writing that is the problem, it’s the thinking going in circles.

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  11. I remember a posting by Don Massenzio. He explained that writer’s block can ultimately be traced back to procrastination. In my case he was right. 😉 xx Michael

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