Waiting for Inspiration at the Computer
by Laurie Kolp

Dear blank page,
Why are you like a turn indicator?
Because if I stare at your flashing line long enough
it becomes a car blinker—clicking! clicking!
Which course should I take? Left? Right?
Both lead me to a dead zone.

So I rest at corner, mesmerized
ideas lost in stasis
unfilled space, a place
to appear, your flashing line
standing tall, a soldier
vertical and bold,
yet intimidating.

A throbbing ache, I await
the right words left behind,
O, flashing line—flash! flash!
blinking light—click! click!

You impact my motivation,
blank page.

IMAGE: “The Muse” by Henri Martin (1860-1943).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: When she’s not waiting for her muse to appear, Laurie Kolp is an award-winning poet with more than three dozen publications worldwide, including the 2015 Poet’s Market, Blue Fifth Review, Referential, Pirene’s Fountain, contemporary haibun online (cho), and Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet. Laurie’s first full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Laurie at