The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

‘Ode on a Blank Page’ or ‘A Strange Little Stream of Consciousness for a Friday Evening’

The best and hardest thing I will do today is open a new blank document. That page mocks me with its blankness. I hate that page.

The first thing I can do to shut that page up is pick the perfect music. The perfect music will make me creative. Question: Why will early Rolling Stones always be better than early Beatles? Because early Beatles records sounded like they wanted to meet your parents. Early Stones records, just like late Stones records, sounded like they wanted to fuck you.

Went for a Best Of. I know it isn’t very purist of me to put on a Greatest Hits record, but Hot Rocks is on the stereo and it sounds pretty perfect. The page is already looking weaker. 

My work space.

Its clean, sure, but that coaster should have a drink on it. Beer, I think. Not feeling quite Joycian enough to go straight for the whiskey, but the night is young. Let’s just take the edge off. How does that sound to you, blank page on my word processor? Let’s get conversational.

Word processor? I might be the first person in 20 years to use that phrase. It feels pretty good. 

I might be getting a little too conversational.

This stream of consciousness made the page a little less blank, but I’m afraid it also may have made us all a little less smart.

Regardless, I made words today.

Without regard, I think I won.

You hear that, blank page?

(I know it can’t answer. It’s a word processor.)

And I’m a writer. 

About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

3 comments on “‘Ode on a Blank Page’ or ‘A Strange Little Stream of Consciousness for a Friday Evening’

  1. The Running Son
    May 17, 2013

    Early Stones. Definitely.
    unless you’re in love.
    enjoyed. Jim

  2. el34ax7
    May 17, 2013

    Bypass both the Beatles and the Stones and go for some Kinks! /sacrilege

    • Doran Simmons
      May 17, 2013

      well played

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