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.

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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 1 Year Ago


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Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

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



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i like that ending...don't think it was accidental...but that grocery list...i can relate...right now i couldn't even write a good one of those.
when nothing is coming we feel like the pen is an empty gun---nothing in the chamber...no bullets.

j.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

You gave me a chill with the analogy of the pen being an empty gun. I can't imagine the horror he f.. read more
I found the empathetic sentiment in this heart-breaking Kelly. You obviously felt the horror (to some degree) that he must have felt and penned this with love.
Bravo Kelly.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I was totally absorbed by what I was reading. I'm really proud that came through...thank you, Tony!
A writer for the ages, Kelly, and one whose tragic end we can only hope was accidental. We can sympathize with his plight because we can associate his loss through our own endeavors. What would happen if we found ourselves in a similar situation?
A good write, Kelly.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I learned that there was a genetic disease, called "Hemochromatosis", that ran in his family, which .. read more
A tragedy for him sadly but a write indeed Kelly up there In perfect splendour. A stage performance!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

It really was a tragedy, knowing his life came to such a tragic end. Thank you, Andrew!
Indeed you have captured the essence of the writer's dilemma and a professional hazzard even the greatest, or more-so the greatest suffer. The grocery list injects a little flavour of the mundanity of everyday living that everyone experiences. Written in a folorn and sensitive voice.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

Your words warmed my heart, John. Thank you!
Well written and informative, too. Your explanatory note made it much more concrete and relevant.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your appreciation for what I've done touches me deeply... read more
The Iron Horseman

1 Year Ago

You're welcome.
hmm. didn't know that. to not be able to do what one lives for is just sad & heartbreaking. tragic waste. i'm thinking of former patriots player aaron hernandez who is in the news today for having been found hanged in his jail cell today. doesn't matter how well we do, it's the doing that matters. powerful. thanks for sharing kelly ...

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jessy

1 Year Ago

I had to delete, my commnets, as I felt bad to write like that, as thoughts are flowing by, which i .. read more

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Kelly Scheppers

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