Midweek Motif ~ Boredom
"Sir, you have two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both."-- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
"But her life was as cold as an attic facing north; and boredom, like a silent spider, was weaving its web in the shadows, in every corner of her heart"-- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary"
"Society is now one polished horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored"-- Lord Byron, Don Juan
"Boredom: the desire for the desires-- Leo Tolstoy"
Imagine sitting with a long face before the dreaded blank page and looking all around to lift the uninspired soul in vain.
There is no one to give a push to kick start a writing session while all the poetry sites are urging to link up a poem of your own choice.
All on a sudden life seems to stand still turning everything utterly uninteresting. For wordsmiths this is a most unwelcome state.
What is the way out to make this phase sound exciting?
I have chosen two poems of Charles Bukowski for today's topic Boredom.
by Charles Bukowskithese things that we support most well
have nothing to do with up,
and we do with them
out of boredom or fear or money
or cracked intelligence;
our circle and our candle of light
so small we cannot bear it,
we heave out with Idea
and lose the Center:
all wax without the wick,
and we see names that once meant
like signs into ghost towns,
and only the graves are real.
The American Writerby Charles Bukowski
I sit under the tv lights
and am interviewed again
i am asked questions
I give answers
I make no attempt to be
to be truthful
I feel bored
and I almost never feel
"do you?..." they ask.
"oh, yeah, well I..."
"and what do you think of..."
"I don't think of it much. I
don't think too much..."
somehow it ends.
that evening somebody tells me
I'm on the news
we turn the set on.
there I am. I look pissed.
I wave people off.
I am bored.
how marvelous to be me without
it looks on tv
as if I knew exactly what I
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(Next week Rosemary Nissen Wade will be prompting with the topic "Let your song be delicate.")