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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: Spaghetti on the Brain
By Francy Judge
05/27/10


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Grim news came today
Through Dr. Bagetti…
“I know why your brain’s blocked—
It’s filled with spaghetti.”

“Is that why I ripped pages
To toss like confetti?”

“Mais Oui, your distractions
Reduce thoughts to fractions.”

“Look at your cerebrum;
The x-ray is clear;
Brain waves for cooking
Have infected your ear.
Your mind’s clogged with ‘to do’ lists.
A case is most severe.”

“Too many expectations
Halt all inspiration.”

The image was hopeless,
Trapped on a plateau.
Could I cure this disease,
Clear trails for word-flow?
Days of simple writing
Seem a thousand years ago.

Despite diagnosis
That writing looked bleak,
I grabbed the first pen,
Aimed to try this technique;
I scribbled out blockage
All burdens of the week.

With a pen I cleared noise
From raising four boys.

Unraveling the sounds
That ting-tingled my ears—
The ping-pong like quarrels
That end in ten year-old’s tears.
My pen danced and stress disappears.

The field at their ball games
Became hills painted green.
From the noodles I’d boil,
Came a king’s fine cuisine.
My son splashed in freckles
Turned a prince at thirteen.

My writer’s block ended
With God’s revelation;
Life’s crazy moments
Are the best inspiration.


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Beth LaBuff 05/27/10
I love this, "Grim news came today -- Through Dr. Bagetti… -- “I know why your brain’s blocked— -- It’s filled with spaghetti.” Loved your creative humor here, and a perfect ending message too!