Prisoner

“let me entertain you” rang out
the words of the song.

I was sitting at my
keyboard, watching
and waiting
on
the
cur-
sor
do-
ing
its
mag-
ic.
My
eyes
were
drawn
to the box in the
corner that Robbie sang out from.
My mind was locked on the screen,
now caught up with his imagination
rather than my own. Out of the
corner of my eye the
cursor furiously blinked,
try-
ing
to
re-
capt-
ure
my
gaze,
but it had lost
the battle. I was now a prisoner to the screen.

©Stuart Patterson 2018

This poem started off as a paragraph in my Creative writing class. I cannot even remember what the prompt was.

On reading over it again, I thought it works as a free verse poem, capturing the battle between the empty space with a blinking cursor demading creativity from my imagination – and the distraction of a TV going on.

It highlights the need for empty space (no distractions) in order to fill the empty space on a sheet.

I tried to use enjambement to create the effect of the battle between the TV and the cursor blinking.

Hope you enjoy

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