Robert Haigh

Fly on the Wall

Notice of absence from Robert Haigh
I am still on extended leave from MPS. I have written a few new poems recently, but don't know what I intend to do with them yet. I do hope to return to this poetry site in the not too distant future, but the time is not right at the moment. Take care, everyone ~ Robert


The pen picked a fight with the paper;

The four walls looked on in disdain.

The pen broke its nib in the caper,

But inflicted a horrible stain.


The pen lay there, battered and broken;

The paper had two big black eyes.

No words were written or spoken,

Which surely should be no surprise.


The writer looked downcast and grim;

Frustration now welling within.

His chair creaked slightly beneath him.

His head was beginning to spin.


The fly on the wall remained silent.

It offered no friendly advice.

The scene on the desk had been violent,

And the poet was paying the price.





  • orchidee

    A fine write Robert.
    I may write one or more poems some days, then nothing at all for a day or two sometimes.
    Am I 'cheating' (heehee), sometimes keeping a reserve of poems for one per day on here?!

    • Robert Haigh

      Not cheating at all, orchidee. I have many old poems that have never been put on line. I dig some out now and then and post them. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Doggerel Dave

      I can lock into this effort's whimsy, Robert. It is short enough to be committed to memory to help furnish an otherwise empty mind (mine - not yours!)

      • Robert Haigh

        Thank you Dave. My mind can be empty sometimes -- just ask my wife... lol!

      • dusk arising

        This piece speaks so well of the frustrations of a committed writer.
        A condition I hope I will never find myself identifying with. Being one who writes only when inspiration lands upon me, I do find myself incapable of expressing the feelings authentically and, in frustration, admit defeat and give up. But, I do not consign to the bin, I consign to the "incomplete" folder where, at some future time, I shall revive the piece in a different frame of mind - perhaps to completion.

        • Robert Haigh

          I have sometimes saved fragments I thought worthy of future use, and some of them have resurfaced in later poems or songs, but some ideas have gone in the bin and never seen the light of day again. Thanks for reading and commenting,. Much appreciated!

        • Jerry Reynolds

          I keep a journal and write in it most every day just anything, mindless stuff. The what, when, and where of the moment. A weather report anything. (Part of today’s entry)

          January 29, 2021
          Bright sunny day wind blowing, damn near a squall, cold as a witches tit in my studio. Big window north leaks like a sieve…
          Good write Robert

          • Robert Haigh

            Keeping a journal can be a good source of ideas for later. Thanks for reading and commenting Jerry.

          • FredPeyer

            I like your poem, Robert, and think we are all experiencing these 'lulls' in creativity. It's like catching a patch of ice, you glide over it and keep going on the other side.

            • Robert Haigh

              Yes, we have to glide across it, Fred. Thanks for reading and commenting!

            • Goldfinch60

              The Muse does hide sometimes but where I write my poems I just look up and there is Calliope showing me the way.


              • Robert Haigh

                There was a time when I used to try to write a poem every day, but those days are gone, due to time being spent doing other things. I don't worry about it anymore. If I go a month or more without writing a new poem, that's fine. I close one door and open another. I'm busy doing family ancestry research right now, so poetry writing has to fit in with that -- and a few other things. I also enjoy reading the great poets, from Shakespeare to Bukowski. Bukowski wrote poetry every day, I believe. He also wrote novels! So little time to fit everything in! Happy writing, Andy -- and thanks for reading and commenting! Much appreciated!

              • Suresh

                When the Muse returns, don't forget to introduce, so I may learn to put two words together.

                • Robert Haigh

                  I think most of us have dry spells from time to time, Suresh. I'll put a word in for you, should the Muse come my way again soon! Thank you for reading and commenting!

                • Munro

                  Liked your poem thanks

                  • Robert Haigh

                    Glad you liked it. Thank you for reading and commenting!

                  • Teddy.15

                    i just love the very well presented rhyming in here, its quite brilliant. Thank you.

                    • Robert Haigh

                      Thank you for your kind words, Teddy. Much appreciated.

                    • Neville

                      Bin there, (excuse the pun) done that more times than I care to remember and worn the nib out ........... a cracking four stanza's tongue in cheek rhyme sir containing a whole set of universal truths ............................... N

                      • Robert Haigh

                        Thanks Neville. Yes, trying to write and getting nowhere can be very frustrating.

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