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  • Thomas Silverman

Writer’s Block

Initially I was planning on writing a poem

About my backpack being my Sisyphean burden.

But, I have come to realize that this assignment,

Is my Sisyphean burden.

Thinking, brainstorming, writing

All the way up the mountain with the completion of a poem in sight.

Meticulously making allusions and alliteration and injecting imagery into the work

Until I’m close to the end.

Then the doubts dance into my head

And the bashing of backspace begins.

Every tap of the key taunting me and my inadequate ideas.

My burden tumbles down the mountain

And, like Sisyphus,

I must start again.


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