Waiting For Inspiration


Waiting for inspiration to strike
Requires a lot of patience and immobility
In place of actual work, or so it seems
To me. For
If writing depends on that flash of genius,
Nothing is happening here. I
Guess it’s more a matter of perspiration that
Success arises from, not the often mis-
Understood flash of brilliance that
Comes upon a person like lightning, but rather the
Knowledge that no work equals no writing equals no
Success. Simple, eh?

For Poets United – Poetry Pantry #336



28 thoughts on “Waiting For Inspiration

  1. Yes, my friend, writing is done by writing. In times when that is difficult, if one pushes through, the flow resumes again. It is always a joy to see you post.


  2. I can completely relate to the feeling.. sometimes we need a spark or two to ignite passion into verse. Beautifully penned. Happy Sunday ❀️


  3. So true, Paul. In my younger years, I waited for inspiration to strike, and produced a poem here and there. Since blogging, writing often means a larger body of work. However the inspired poems are still the best ones.


    • Yes Sherry, the inspired poems often appear from nothing but are always the best ones. The discipline of writing every day, no matter how boring, just helps us to recognise them for what they are; gems.


  4. Haha, yes, this is true. It’s like that quote by Dan Poynter: “If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” πŸ˜›


  5. “Waiting for inspiration to strike
    Requires a lot of patience and immobility” … Hmm. I find the opposite to be true.


    • Just an personal observation, Iris. The great thing about writers and writing is we all have our own, quirks, methods, modus operandi, and that’s where the truly great writing comes from; non-conformism. I love that aobut what we do; there are no rules. πŸ™‚


  6. Hi Paul, so much truth within your poem, I’ve had a real dry spell recently and a fellow poet /writer told me to write every day and so I can really relate to your closing lines……but rather the
    Knowledge that no work equals no writing equals no
    Success. Simple, eh?……. so true and your quote is an inspiration in itself.


    • Thank you, Julian. πŸ™‚

      Those periods when we can not write for a time are interminable. However, they always seem to serve a purpose. Whether it be discipline, reflection or just giving our minds time to come up with something new. I just tend to ‘write through it’ and see what appears.


  7. I am amazed that writing for you comes with immobility for I am the opposite as getting out observing is such a great source of inspiration for me.


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