Staring Contest

See the empty pages


staring back at you

staring as you stare

at them:

All those pages,

empty,void and


waiting for a stroke

of your pen

the cut and thrust

of some intellect and

a little wit;

Scratches on the surface

of the Sun,

etchings on the landscape

of the Moon;

and still you stare at them

whilst they’re staring back

at you,

and you alone

hold the pen.

6 thoughts on “Staring Contest

  1. Pushmaotee Subrun

    I feel there is a very strong message in ‘Staring Contest’. In spite of being enamoured of the beauty of Nature, like say, the rising or the setting of the sun, the moon or the dazzling stars…we still hesitate to pen down our appreciation… lovely poem to inspire us to write …

  2. VijayNair

    The poet skilfully delineates a temporary writer’s block…in spite of sources for inspiration being present ,in the world around him. However,as Coleridge says in”Dejection: An Ode”: ”I may not hope from outward forms to win/ the passion and the life whose fountains are within.” Nissim Ezekiel was of the view: ”The best poets wait for words.”

  3. Dr. Swati A Gadgil

    Excellent play of words … emotions stirred to the brim…ink gushing out of pen now and flowing in all directions… thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece of poetry…

  4. Parneet Jaggi

    The binaries of the inner landscape paralleled with the outer, appeals to the senses as well the intellect, bringing out the pain of any writer in universal tones.

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