Writer’s Block – A Haibun

Writers block. It’s when you want to write something but nothing comes. It happens to all of us from time to time and we have different ways of dealing with it. You put the pen down or you close the computer. You go for a walk then you come back and start again. We are all inspired by things around us, or things we read or see.  Usually that works but sometimes it’s still a blank page looking at you. It’s a writer’s block and we try again another day. It never lasts for too long, hopefully.

This got me thinking about people around the world, mainly women, who want to speak or write about things that are important to them but are forbidden to do so. That is a different kind of block.  If they dare to speak or write, they risk facing all kinds of censorship or barbaric punishment.

Maybe the next time I complain about writers block I will just write about those brave women who fearlessly do it without thought to their own safety. I’m sure they have plenty to say.

Voice with opinions
Wanting to speak to the world 
Mouth forever closed


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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets tonight and
he has prompted us with "Writer's Block"

Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay 

  35 comments for “Writer’s Block – A Haibun

  1. September 29, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, it’s so easy to take our freedom for granted and forget others don’t.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      Yes, we are so fortunate and sometimes we forget that. 🤭

  2. Ain Starlingsson
    September 29, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    I agree with you so much, and think of the women of Afghanistan and Belarus in particular..

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting. We take so much for granted don’t we? 😢

  3. September 29, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Wow… I think what you write about is the self censorship so many people have to live by… being blocked is even worse, well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you. I really appreciate that Bjorn ☺️ There is always someone worse off than we are. What we do is not the emergency room and we won’t die from Writers Block but these women around the world just might. 😢

  4. September 29, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    My thoughts went to the women in Afghanistan at reading this. Other countries and cultures have restraints for sure: what will society say – type of attitude.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      Yes, and many other countries where women’s opinions are stifled. Thanks for stopping by ☺️💕

  5. September 29, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Not quite the same thing but occasionally I feel blocked when I’m putting together my radio show. I take inspiration from those around me near and far. It was hard during the lockdowns as I wasn’t interacting with people I know and even strangers for months. Yet, as you say I do have the ability to write and select my music for sharing without the heavy hand of authority telling me what I can or can’t play on my shows. As a woman in a male dominated profession sometimes it is a struggle but on the other hand I still have a voice.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      Yes well said Bernadette. You are unique in your industry and I admire you for that. I can imagine that creativity would be stumped without your usual muses. I guess you followed your heart with the music choices. Hopefully things are a little better, not perfect I know, but better than before. I hope you have some audience again. Thank goodness we have our voices ☺️💕

  6. September 29, 2021 at 2:58 am

    This got me thinking about people around the world, mainly women, who want to speak or write about things that are important to them but are forbidden to do so. That is a different kind of block. If they dare to speak or write, they risk facing all kinds of censorship or barbaric punishment.

    Christine, are you familiar with the landay form? It was birthed out of a response to precisely this, from what I’ve read!

    Yours,
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      David, I was not, but now I am. I’ve just read about the Landry form. What a coincidence that it stems from Afghanistan. A couplet with nine syllables in the first line and thirteen in the second. Thank you so much for this information. I am interested in using it. You know how I love syllable counting! ☺️💕

  7. September 28, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    We have a voice, you have drawn our attention to those that don’t! Well said, Christine. ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      Yes, I can’t imagine living under those conditions. Poor women. We still have a long way to go don’t we? 😢

  8. September 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Speak to the truth and you can’t go wrong.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Ken. Yes, you are correct ☺️

  9. September 28, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Well done for drawing our attention to this other kind of writer’s block, Punam. I am also sure these women have plenty to say, and that in time, their voices will be heard! ❤️

    • September 28, 2021 at 8:57 am

      So sorry Christine – I know you’re not Punam! I’ve been up since 4:30am and I knew I would start to crash by the afternoon…

      • Christine Bolton
        September 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm

        Oh you’re so sweet. It doesn’t worry me! I tend to reply that way a lot! Little goofs here and there plus auto spell. It’s easy to mess up 🤣❤️ Thank you Ingrid

      • September 28, 2021 at 2:21 pm

        Thank you for understanding, Christine! It happens to me when I am very tired 😅❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        September 28, 2021 at 9:25 pm

        Oh my gosh I am one confused mess when I have missed sleep. I emphasize Ingrid. ☺️💕

    • September 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      😄 I am sure Christine understands. ❤️

      • September 28, 2021 at 12:34 pm

        😊🙏❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        September 28, 2021 at 9:23 pm

        I certainly do Punam ☺️💕

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      I certainly hope so Ingrid ☺️❤️

  10. September 28, 2021 at 7:41 am

    awesome! Writers block does happen to us all at times!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you! ☺️💕

  11. September 28, 2021 at 5:18 am

    Wonderfully presented alternate take on “blockage”, Christine. Write on, Sister.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 7:51 am

      Ron, thank you my friend ☺️ Sometimes we do grumble over some ridiculous stuff.

  12. September 28, 2021 at 3:04 am

    Thank you for this. Writer’s block is a luxury! There are so many who are silenced, thank you for the reminder.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Sarah. ☺️💕🌺

  13. September 27, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    This is so true Christine. Brave for thinking of those who aren’t allowed to voice their opinions

    • Christine Bolton
      September 28, 2021 at 7:48 am

      Yes Sadje, for someone who likes talking as much as I do, I cannot imagine being silenced ☺️💕

      • September 28, 2021 at 8:42 am

        Same here! Too much to bear.

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