Hush ! Writer’s block.

writers block


The silence of words

is loud as spaces in between.

The cold black type


voiced imagination;

a natal mumbling

seeking language

to deliver from evil.

‘Deep calls to deep’ *

beckons Lazarus to come forth

leave the clothing of graves

to the lifeless bones

and Legion’s chains.

The cheated stink

of rot

festers in darkness

flexing its grip


its unchanging plan.


(*Psalm 42)

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

2 thoughts on “Hush ! Writer’s block.

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This is a powerful poem on a subject , closer perhaps than any other can be to a Poet or Writer. ” The silence of words is loud..” conveys starkly , the deep emotional and psychological conflict contained within the narrator’s voice. I noted too , the * starred reference to Psalm 42 . If indeed it is autobiographical , has the ” block ” been removed ?

  2. Keith Wallis Post author

    Slight blockage still in place.
    Meantime I’m putting together ‘Advent Oddessy’ a compilation of Christmas themed poetry that I’ve written over a number of years.


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