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March 28, 2011 / philosophermouseofthehedge

blank pages. not blank brain.

Mind mush.  The blank page

Painters and writers – companions in agony

Inspiration. An idea. A topic.

like the butterfly on your shoulder – dashing away once  noticed…a wild grab but not able to capture

Or like the flock of doves sunning on the patio – startled into panicked flight by sudden appearance from around the corner – frantically scattering.  Leaving no note behind – no sign.


Return to the effort

Obviate the blank page – that whiteness so formidable

Glaze of dark umber or Prussian blue, creating a sticky soup to scumble in colors and ideas

And there peeking through the rich transparent veil – something emerges

ideas like puppies clambering to be picked up and eager – no, desperate  for attention – frantic to be selected… to be groomed…to be coo-ed over…to find a home

Writing isn’t always neat…or quiet…or still…or scheduled

There’s no rule prescribing desk or chair

only effort

and awareness

Like years of Leon Hale’s columns from the front porch – of  talking mules, Mildred, the imaginary secretary, and grocery store encounters


That great techie in Austin so spurred by ideas – must  blog in transit.

Quick grab an idea before it just vanishes.

No Paper? No Keyboard?

Just write it on grey matter.

Writing like art

like a hunter stalking game

the only way to lose

is to simply not aim.

Yours in ink,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

NOTES:  Thinking about what to write:

1.  Leon Hale, columnist and blogger:  March 21, 2011 (He gets writing ideas at the grocery store)  Hollywood doesn’t understand newspapers

2.  by Ricardo on January 26, 2011 from On Techies  Blog more. It is good for your health


  1. robstroud / Nov 1 2011 3:08 am

    You’re not merely a writer–you’re a poet. Thanks. I’d best go “stalk some game now…”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2011 3:20 am

      Poetry is the most concise and difficult writing to create…something rather intimidating. Thanks for the encouragement.



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