White Blank by Don Matthews

A laptop with a white blank screen and post it notes pasted around its screen
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It stares out from the screen at me

I stare right back at it

Yes, it says, I am quite blank

And, yes, I feel a git.

I’ve got no spelling errors

Syntax perfect, yes

I’m just a piece of white blank verse

Examine me, address!

But I’ve got better things to do

Than look at verse blank white

Despite your perfect spelling and

Your syntax being right

But poet, are you saying

You’ve given up on me?

My white blank screen’s no challenge to

Create your poetry ?

(My screen’s making me feel guilty…..)


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s poetry is the silent dialogue every writer has with their screen. You may agree or disagree, but your screen might have something to say about it. The guilt can give you nightmares and make you shudder in the day. Every time that screen comes into sight, you might just want to curse and swear. But at last, you sit down and make peace with it, arranging your words upon it. And like an ever forgiving mother, it simply lets you get away with it. Thanks mommy…
    Congratulations Don!


  2. Nice comment Terveen. I like the picture……..

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje says:

    Still you did pretty well.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    I think we have all been there before. I surely know that feeling. Music helps me a lot but I end up seeing something “shiny” on the screen, usually an ad. haha – easily distracted, nice piece Don

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Joni……


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