Easy Peasy, Right?

Come on, it’s only six words.

It should be easy peasy, right?

You call yourself a writer, yes?

So what is your malfunction exactly?

What makes this so hard today?

Why don’t these words flow freely?

Why do you put so much

pressure on yourself on this thing?

Struggling to paint a bigger picture.

Refining to just a few words.

Muscles taut, fists clenched, furrowed brow…

no wonder the words are stuck.

You won’t let them glide through.

You are choking yourself and them.

Relax. Breathe. Open your grasping hands.

Words flow like water, you know.

Caught, not by grabbing onto them,

But by gentle cradling to hold

them up so they won’t fall.

Grasping, clawing, fighting leaves you tired

and even more thirsty than before.

Easing your way, you can scoop

up more words than you need.

Splashing and dripping, they do sparkle

in the glorious light of day.

You should really take it easy.

After all, it’s only six words.

~*~

This weeks topic is easy over at six word fridays.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. millermix
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:22:24

    I absolutely love this, especially:

    “Words flow like water, you know.
    Caught, not by grabbing onto them,
    But by gentle cradling to hold
    them up so they won’t fall.”

    Beautiful and spot on.

    Reply

  2. ayala
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:34:31

    Ha, I just wrote about this…I think it’s hard because it’s six words and so many time I have to cut out words…edit, edit, edit!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 nicely done!!!!!

    Reply

  3. Adrienne
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 16:59:46

    Such a great exercise….I do wrestle and edit a bunch as I sit and count words….but I love it!!

    Reply

  4. MommyRachelle
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 17:01:36

    ooh, love this! It’s the creative process. I’d love to share this with my high school students – – they’d totally appreciate it.

    Reply

  5. Sara
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 17:08:28

    Love the imagery, especially the line ‘But by gentle cradling to hold, them up so they won’t fall’. I often feel like they’re slipping through my fingers or I’m holding them too tight – never ‘just right’

    Reply

  6. cj schlottman
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 17:39:09

    The imagery in this post is stunning.

    “Muscles taut, fists clenched, furrowed brow…

    no wonder the words are stuck.

    You won’t let them glide through.

    You are choking yourself and them.”

    Wonderful, just wonderful.

    Namaste……….cj

    Reply

  7. Melissa
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 17:50:17

    Beautifully said. I make myself stuck
    at least half the time, I swear.

    Reply

  8. melgallant
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 05:42:44

    Ha! Love this. I will keep it bookmarked as a reminder to “relax!” the next time I have writer’s block. 🙂

    Reply

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