Birth of a Poem – Thursday at dVerse

A false labor so long

it seems like forever.

Surely ’tis a natal

constipation supreme;

reluctance to emerge,

stubbornly huddling

in their author’s belly

’til no longer able

to resist, they pop out

from the mysterious

cave of the long silence,

across the waiting page.

Now tumbling, gleefully

chortling, head over heels,

welcome my dears at long

last: the birth of a poem.


Submitted to d’Verse, first in The Selected Poems of the Athens Library Poetry Group 2014

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 83 now.
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15 Responses to Birth of a Poem – Thursday at dVerse

  1. Grace says:

    Good for your muse to pop out on the page ~ Others never want to leave their cave of silence ~


  2. Kay says:

    I can relate to this feeling! Lovely description. 💜


  3. thotpurge says:

    Sometimes it really is a hard and painful birth!! But always a joy!


  4. A familiar journey and most enjoyable read!


  5. I like how it moved on towards the climax at a steady pace, with the pains of labour. Alas – the poem popped out. This made me smile 🙂

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  6. Sometimes the pain of birth is less… maybe the poem leave it’s womb quite willingly.


  7. kanzensakura says:

    I like this view of writing a poem!


  8. Natal constipation! Bwahaha. I think this is a labor that will feel familiar to all of us. Fun and spot-on, Nan.


  9. rothpoetry says:

    This is great! I love the analogy… I missed seeing it the first time around!


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