Waiting To Write
By Edna Pontillo
All set to write -
Coffee, favorite pen, notebook - go. Oh wait!
The dog needs his meds,
Probably should take him for a quick walk
Or throw the Frisbee for a little bit,
I’ll just feed him before I get back to writing.
Okay, ready to write. Oh, wait!
Darn phone, Check caller i.d.
Have to take this.
While the phone’s in my hand,
Guess I’ll make that dentist appointment.
Now I can get back at it. Oh, wait!
I better put in a load of laundry.
While I wait to hang out the laundry
(I’ve got to do it early before it rains)
I’ll straighten up quickly and
Run the vacuum in the living room.
Sit, Stay, Write – oh, wait!
Is it too quiet in here?
I’ll just turn on the radio.
What!?! Those stupid politicians,
I’ll write a letter telling them what I think
And send a copy to the editor while I’m at it.
Better go with light music, less distracting.
I’ve got to get to my writing.
I need to get to this next chapter – oh, wait!
Isn’t that charity pickup today?
Dang! I meant to put that stuff together yesterday.
And then I should check a blog or two.
Fresh cup of coffee and I’m ready to write – oh, wait!
Book group is tonight,
I have to finish reading the last chapter and
I promised that I would bring the low-fat treat.
Do I have all the ingredients? No, so
I’ll just make up my shopping list,
No sense going to the grocery store and
Not getting everything I need.
Then I have to get busy writing,
Because it just can’t wait.
Edna, a retired educator, has always loved reading, writing, writers, and teaching writing to students. Since her retirement , she has begun work on a children’s novel. She dabbles in poetry and has been following Pat Stoltey’s emails about How’s The Writing Going?