Pumpkin Smoothie for Writer’s Block It was a day as dull as can be, All morning I had stared at the wall, Inspiration would not come to me, I just couldn’t work – not at all. Lethargic and frustrated I drew, Doodled rather, I’m no artist you see, And scribbled and scrawled in blue, Till the page was more like the sea. ‘I can’t stand it!’ I jumped up in a huff, Not a word had I written that day, And I’d just about had enough, For a solution to the kitchen I did away. After rummaging in fridge, cupboard, drawer, An idea began to take shape For a delicious, refreshing cure, To have my mind jumping like an ape. In a blender went steamed pumpkin, cold, About 75 grammes I would guess, A small tub of plain yoghurt, not old, And a spoonful of water (more or less). On went the machine in a flurry, A kitchen appliance version of my brain, But by this point I was not in a hurry, Writer’s block doesn’t cause physical pain. Once the contents were smooth and well blended, I removed the lid and peered in, It looked and smelled rather splendid, After sugar, nutmeg and mixing. I poured my new concoction out slowly, And revelled in the simplicity of it all, In five mere minutes I had surely Made a drink to inspire and enthrall. As I drank it I began to feel lighter, A new energy had arisen within, I skipped back to my desk like a fighter, Sitting down on my chair with a spin. Within seconds the letters were flowing From my previously unyielding pen, And admiring my work, I sat knowing I would certainly have pumpkin again. Amina Hachemi Amina Hachemi holds a BA from Paris-Sorbonne University and an MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference from the University of Warwick. A passionate linguist, she enjoys exploring cultural experiences and perspectives through her writing and translation. ahachemi. weebly.com – Twitter: @ahach
the pumpkin edition ~ 45
Published on Sep 30, 2012
What the Dickens? Magazine A bi-monthly magazine for all creative folk focusing on literature and the arts. Issue 6: The Pumpkin Edition. IN...