Fleeting Words

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

waking in the middle of the night due to the fleeting "ah ha!" moment.

I'm sleeping……..

Then my mind turns over and my eyes open to the darkness.

It all comes to me! The things I wanted to write down.

Quickly, I reach for the notepad that I keep on the night stand.

It’s not there!

Many words are going through my head like a parade passing by.

Their perfect!  Exactly what I have been wanting to write down!

I pull back the blanket and quietly get out of bed.

The words are fading!  No time for slippers!

I head for the office where my laptop sits.  It has fallen asleep!

Waiting for the thing to cycle itself awake, I find a pen and paper.

I begin scribbling furiously as the tail end of that beautiful word parade slips from my brain.

The computer chirps cheerily, as if to say, "ok, I'm ready!"

I open the word processor program.

And what I have written on the paper makes no sense....

Damn!  Missed it again!

I stare at the nonsensical words on the paper and decide to go back to bed.

This time I make sure there is a notepad and pen on the night stand.

Maybe, just maybe, those fleeting words will come back to me.


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Submitted: February 07, 2014

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Nice one, I understand it. The pain of losing out of those words that comes knocking on the door of our heart, wanting us to make good use of it like a potter with a clay. That's the world of every writer. Thanks for sharing. Peter Excel

Fri, February 7th, 2014 2:43am


Good analogy Peter. Sometimes, when I do have my notepad in the middle of the night, and I write down the words that seem so brilliant. The next morning they aren't as brilliant as I thought and need to be re-worked. But I figure if those words wake you up from a dead sleep, they must be as good eventually, right?
Thanks for reading.

Fri, February 7th, 2014 12:41pm

James Inkwell

Oh yes, I've had this happen too many a times! You caught the feel of it just right i think. I especially like how you didn't actually FORGET the words, just that they didn't make any sense... almost as if maybe in the dream world they WERE still perfect! but in reality their jibber jabber. anyways, i'm probably reading it a little far, but cool story!

Thu, February 20th, 2014 12:32am


Thank you James. I"m glad you liked it. And you also are on target with what I was trying to get across. This has happened to me enough times, I just had to write about it.

Tue, February 25th, 2014 6:03am

April Pearl

Yes, Its happened to me too.Loosing on those beautiful lines either because of a minute interruption or sometimes a reason like yours.

Mon, March 24th, 2014 3:51am


Thanks for reading this April. Yeah, it's like grasping at bubbles floating in the air when those words start to leave. LOL.

Mon, March 24th, 2014 12:13pm

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