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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Distracted
By Dianna Schnabel
05/18/10


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Distracted

Grass green eyes puffy with sleep,
relieved by gulps of black sludge.
Black lap top whirrs to life
disturbing a ball of orange fur.

Think. Water bill due tomorrow.
Is the orange flag waving for pick up?
Think. Princess pink tutu hangs
next to dirt stained baseball tee. Busy night.

Bright blank screen draws me in.
Type my name and the date.
Attempt a title. Letters appear, disappear,
reappear, black tap shoes on a white floor.


Beep. Thoughts interrupted.
Transfer soggy garments.
Beep. Steam pours out
like coastal fog. Dishes away.

Focus-will creative juices to stick.
Outline a story chock full of adventure
that leaks wisdom from every word,
as if Solomon himself were the author.

Ring. Special delivery. Hubby’s new motorcycle
helmet, licked by blue and yellow flames.
Ring. School nurse says it’s urgent-
monkey bars break arms.

Slap lap top shut. Slip on flip flops,
collect keys, rush down the block
to the red brick elementary.


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AnneRene' Capp 05/20/10
Distracted...perfect title. This is so typical in the life of a writer. You gave me some great chuckle moments! Also had me "feeling" for you and with you. This was delightful.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
I loved this stanza: "Focus-will creative juices to stick. Outline a story chock full of adventure that leaks wisdom from every word, as if Solomon himself were the author." So very true. Sometimes it's just so hard to squeeze writing into life, but what would we have to write about without life? Enjoyed this a lot.
Yvonne Blake 05/24/10
Great use of sound and colors! This definitely expresses the trials of a writer. Well done!
Mildred Sheldon05/24/10
Loved the title and the contents of your article were right on. Ah! the writers life is fraught with DISTRACTIONS. Keep writing and God bless.