Perhaps Hemingway had days like this

Perhaps Hemingway had days like this

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers

Perhaps Hemingway had days like this

 

 

How long it has been
since last I penned

a plethora of words

 

where days and weeks

neurotically merged,

leaving me without prose

or metaphor to ponder

 

Perhaps Hemingway had days like this,
repeated attempts at metered rhymes
with nothing more

than a grocery list to show for

 

with nothing more

than a double barreled shotgun

in need of cleaning.

 




© 2017 Kelly Scheppers



Author's Note

Kelly Scheppers
The last verse was written under the assumption that Hemingway’s death was accidental, caused by a shotgun discharging while being cleaned. I read that his last few years were marked by great physical and emotional suffering, as he was also treated with electroshock therapy, which instead of improving his condition, impaired his memory, making writing impossible. To no longer be able to do the one thing he loved most simply staggers the mind.

My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Featured Review

Though quite brief, this poem gives a strong impact, especially knowing what you provided in the author's note.
This is probably the most creative and original poem I've read about writer's block. I especially enjoyed the line "a grocery list to show for" because it perfectly describes how scribbled, uninspired thoughts often look on a page. On top of that, it lead to a killer ending. Well done.

- William Liston

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kelly Scheppers

7 Months Ago

Thank you, Will. I found your review to be my reward!



Reviews

WOW! "Shotgun, bang! What's up with that" ... ending? It was totally unexpected but oh so appropriate. Hemingway aside, I think we have all felt this, the emptiness of having nothing to say. It can't be forced no matter how much you desire it.

Excellent!

Posted 5 Months Ago


Sometimes life gets blurred in words and deeds.

Regards,
Al

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Thank you dear friend! x
Some of the best poems aren't the longest, and each word you've written actually says something. No redundancy here. I like the structure too. For some reason I'm a fan of breaking the typical structure in poetry, especially in the last stanza. Good job!

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I write a lot of free verse, and gravitate to a brevity of words. Thank you so much for reading thi.. read more
being an ardent fan of hemingway i was naturally drawn to this offering
that said, your verse stands on it's own
your author's notes support your genuine manner of respect for papa
he might have approved ... I don't know

he was a troubled soul ... a drunken troubled soul that had a connection with the keys of his typewriter that few have been qualified to challenge
he might have approved ... I certainly do

Posted 6 Months Ago


ABG 2.0

6 Months Ago

more than a nod deserved
ABG 2.0

6 Months Ago

my favorite of his writings is a short story ...
'hills like white elephants'
it chang.. read more
Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I've never read that - but I'll look it up. My favorite novel was the Old Man and the Sea.
This is not a writers block at all...this is good Kelly, I am the one who is on block, been there for so long I donno what to do to come out!!!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Sometimes, you just have to ride it out, Cassie. Please hang in there - the words will come. Thank .. read more
Cumulative Inhibitions

6 Months Ago

It could help to write about other people's lives ideas or struggles. Even if it's just as an exerci.. read more
The frustration of writer's block...I am certain every author/poet has experienced it. So many great writers were short in the sanity department....perhaps we all are a bit "off"...but, hey, that grocery list is written to perfection! :) Lydi**

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

...so, so true Lydi! Thank you.
Must be Frustrating indeed when all that talent and passion is bursting to get out yet the words just won't transform into manuscript?

Innovatively penned and indeed, perhaps that how it felt at the time for H.



Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Tom. I am thrilled you enjoyed it! What a loss, indeed.
I let poems come to me when they want but I can identify with your feelings in this. I too have had plenty of grocery lists in my files.

If what you say is true, I can understand why Hemmingway woud take his ow life. For him, I'm sure writing was like having another appendage. Take that away and he must have been devastated. The emotional outlet was shut off, his ideas cut from his brain. To be stripped of your talents and being like that is something I can't imagine.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

7 Months Ago

Writing is much like breathing to me. To have it, and than to lose it is enough to drive anyone ins.. read more
Relic

7 Months Ago

Welcome Kelly. :)
leaving me without prose
or metaphor to ponder

Missing the smile on my face, I think when we join together, with both hands, it sounds the clap, not even a slap can make this sound, where One hand broken for ambiguity in chemistry, want to go back and fix that and come, what does that mean to me, is it for you or for everyone. Enough revenge is bad thing, we will just learn from mistakes of past, rather than fixing it, it happened and happened so for whatever reason it may be, no rock can be made diamond and no diamond can be closed in a dark room, to not let in shine, but still it shines, without needing a reaction, it emerges as it self, swayambhu - self existence.
I think he just needs daily one dosage of pill, to cure hermetaphosis, for hemmingway's smile. But he also mentioned, worth can be known only when it is lost or stolen or missplaced. Agreed without sorrow there is no happiness, without happinesss there is no sorrow - a mantra to balance even Human, not only this earth.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

7 Months Ago

...thank you for your insightful review, Jessy!
jessy

7 Months Ago

It was too early, to message me, are you in india? Dont stay too late in the nights, someone inside .. read more

First Page first
Previous Page prev
1
Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


Stats

650 Views
25 Reviews
Rating
Shelved in 2 Libraries
Added on April 20, 2017
Last Updated on April 20, 2017
Tags: Hemingway, writer's block, suicide

Author

Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



About
I was never a pearl kind of girl…always wore jeans with holes in the knees. more..

Writing

Related Writing

People who liked this story also liked..


Solid Solid

A Poem by Lyn Anderson


Windy Windy

A Story by Samuel Dickens