Slice of Life: A Writer's Nudge

this space
has been quiet 
for some time.
for words to return.
for time to slow.

there are
the usual
of days lost.
of great demands.
of busy days, 
tired nights.

in truth,
time spent 
in ways

a friend reminds,
with the understanding 
of another 
who has fought 
the same fight,
the same demon,
"You need to get back
to the page." 

another inquires,
"What are you writing?"
interest genuine.
my silence speaks.
she knows 
the struggle.
this knowing
rests between us.

their words
spin in my mind.
for days.
my fingers
grow restless.
tired of stillness.

i wait
for time to slow
for words to return.
of course
this doesn't happen
until in the quiet
i return
to this space.
to try
yet again.   

© Cathy L. Mere, 2016 

It's Tuesday.  Today I'm joining the Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading.


  1. So glad you are back! I've missed your voice!

  2. You've been missed. So glad you returned "to this space to try yet again." Welcome back!

  3. Welcome back! It's a later in the evening post - too. That means you were determined to relight this space. I can't wait!

  4. Love love missed seeing your words. Glad they have found their way again.

  5. I came back today hoping you would be here -- so glad you are here. Your words need to be read and felt. I plan to use this poem with teachers tomorrow - we all face these moments - they are a part of the writerly life. Thank you


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