outside the skinner box (on writing poems)

January 25, 2007

One always has a way
to spend some time.

Waiting becomes

You always have the means
to climb from
electric holes

and breath in

9 Responses to “outside the skinner box (on writing poems)”

  1. slynne Says:

    Oh, goodness. This is better than lovely… it is true

  2. rel Says:

    There is no better way to occupy the mind.

  3. qazse Says:

    slynne and rel – I wrote this while waiting to meet my daughter at the local b&n cafe. (I always have a pad and pen with me.) I sat there thinking about the Poetry Thursday prompt and this came out.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I am a lucky guy.

  4. Excellent. Says a lot in a few words.

  5. deb Says:


    I have always disliked the expression “killing time”. Your phrase “waiting becomes/observation/discovery/
    expression/revision” created a lovely way of positively expressing a different way of looking at spaces of time. Thank you.

  6. qazse Says:

    hey Deb. I also dislike the term “killing time”. Just as I dislike the phrase, “I’m bored” . It is sad we raise spectators more than thinkers in today’s society.

  7. fencer Says:

    Hi qazse,

    “Electronic skinner box” rings a bell with me… (salivate)…

    Very nice.


  8. krkbaker Says:

    There are moments where your writer light is on and you are able to look at the world from a fresh and creative perspective. It is these days that all seems right with the world.

  9. qazse Says:

    fencer – nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, why soytenly

    krk – if that is the case, you were meant to write…

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