Art is My Religion

February 26, 2010

Ideas Come

By Michele Spector

When ideas come,

My hands are on the wheel,

I must look ahead and behind,

My brain is on fire,

I have no recourse,

But try to unburden my mind.

I have other things to do,

No time,

I jot thoughts at lights,

Between shut-eye,

I need to sleep,

It’s plain useless.

Why can’t they visit

when I’m alone?

Not now,

A friend’s on the phone,

I can’t assign time,

To write them all,

They come like a flood,

I welcome them all.

My best ideas come before I am about to fall asleep, or when I’m driving–which is the most annoying. I have to keep paper and pen handy if that happens, and hope for a long red light.

Where and when do you get your ideas?


  1. can relate totally.
    Always the wrong time

    Comment by kseverny — February 26, 2010 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • I wonder if it’s because, while doing something else, that part of our brains frees up. It doesn’t care if we don’t have perfect recall or a convenient moment!

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 27, 2010 @ 1:59 am | Reply

  2. Hello Michele,
    It’s wonderful that your mind is so attuned to thoughts and emotions and being able to translate them in an effective way. I liked your verse because I know personally what you are describing and it can be a bit aggravating to have good thoughts delayed to paper because of circumstance. I would like to add that the reply I sent to you yesterday, the first lines were intended to be fun and I hope you took it as so, while also to underline that your comments are very important to me.

    Comment by 1markt — February 26, 2010 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments. Also, I could tell from your blog that you think very deeply about life.

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 27, 2010 @ 1:52 am | Reply

  3. Thank you for visiting the Juice Bar! I would love to squeeze your work, it’s lovely…email me if you like and send a pic or image to go with or I can choose one…L. K. Thayer 🙂

    Comment by lkthayer — February 26, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  4. I have a notebook at hand all the time…
    beautiful flow about when inspiration strikes.
    Happy Friday!

    Comment by Jingle — February 26, 2010 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  5. My ideas come at unexpected moments always! Often when I am driving and can’t record them!

    Comment by She Writes — February 26, 2010 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Yes, isn’t that the worst. I got a voice activated tape recorder. But guess what? It just doesn’t voice activate. So much for a great deal–probably should have returned it. lol

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 27, 2010 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  6. hi thanks for the poem, Iv’ received an award from jingle and I’ve chosen you to get it cos I appreciate your poetry ; good luck to youcheck it out in my blog

    Comment by wordwand — February 26, 2010 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

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  8. Can relate well to your poem. I keep a small recorder in my car because of those moments. Thanks, Adam

    Comment by dustus — February 26, 2010 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Adam. I have a voice activated tape recorder but it never works well when I want it to. LOL Time for a new one!

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 27, 2010 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  9. Ideas come to me before I sleep. I just grab my cell phone and start drafting a note before they fly away 😀 I sometimes fall asleep holding the phone in my hand 😀

    Loved it Michele!

    Comment by nanno1982 — February 27, 2010 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed it! I thought this was something most everyone could relate to.

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 27, 2010 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  10. So true!! I really appreciated this poem!

    Comment by laurenmichelleotheim — February 28, 2010 @ 2:29 am | Reply

  11. How eloquent and true. How annoying when an emerging jewel of dreams sinks back, perhaps never to return, into the turbid depths of that sea.

    Comment by Jan Freeman — February 28, 2010 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  12. Absolutely true! The number of “great lines” (!) I’ve lost like that!

    Comment by James Munro — February 28, 2010 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

    • Isn’t it horrible. You tell yourself you’ll remember later and you remember not a word!

      Comment by Michele Spector — February 28, 2010 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  13. Thats prescient to keep something on hand to keep thoughts and potential poems from getting away. My method is to tie the central idea of the poem into a single word and then write the word on my hand if I’m out in public or away from my comp. As many above noted, there doesn’t seem to be a way to keep poems/creative writing without some kind of notation. The real problem I find is that even if I note the central theme or use some kind of mnemonic device to recall the basics of the poem, I often lose the framework and emotion I want to convey when I’m unable to sit and actually write the poem when inspiration strikes.

    Also, been reading through your page and I loved your work. Keep up the great writing!

    Comment by caribbeanfool — March 2, 2010 @ 11:46 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments! Wouldn’t it be great if we could freeze that feeling for later, then just shake and pour it out of a bottle just as fresh for later use?

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 3, 2010 @ 2:30 am | Reply

      • I gotta admit, I thought about this discussion for a while falling asleep last night. I was thinking about the moment of inspiration, and how we translate this mix of ideas, thoughts, and emotion into a linguistic form that tries to assign certain words or phrases to convey meaning to a reader who often times does not have the field of references that we as writers have. For me, if I miss catching the poem when it arrives (I’m not sure where poetry comes from, maybe you could write a poem on that sometime?) then no matter what I do, that poem is gone. I can note the main theme, try to gather in the emotion and thoughts I want to put into the poem, but THAT POEM is gone if not captured. Now, I can write another poem later about the same questions/concerns, but it will be a new poem informed by whatever has happened between my original inspiration and the time I can write. Just curious what you thought of that. Thanks for the visit btw, always love getting readers to check my page out. Take care!

        Comment by caribbeanfool — March 3, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  14. This is a common problem. It can get to you.

    Comment by anthonynorth — March 3, 2010 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  15. Oh, I totally use my little digital recorder to capture those thoughts in the car and everywhere else. Actually,lately my iPhone, but the sound on that is a bit on the fritz.

    Those little digital recorders are easy to use and can cost only $30.

    And hey, I found you through Jingle and am bestowing the “Jannie Funster Lucky Lupine Award” upon your poetry blog! You can see it and whisk it home away from this post of mine…

    Comment by Jannie Funster — March 3, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you so much for the award! I have to work on my book today. But I will be posting a new poem in the next couple of days.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 3, 2010 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  16. I found your site through Jannie Funster. I liked how this poem totally captures the inconvenient way a writer’s thoughts can demand attention. Even when I read it aloud, it kept this mood. There’s a nice quality of the words rushing to tumble off my tongue:~)

    I can also identify with what you said. I have lost many ideas to the sudden red light or the dog needing a restroom break. Today, I am more sanguine about this. I figure if an idea is meant to stick around me…it will:~)

    In answer to how ideas come to me, I get most of them as phrases that slowly gain momentum until they are racing through my head. I also sometimes get images — a funny picture, a sad face looking out the window, a flower that looks petulant — which are then translated into written words.

    I enjoyed my visit to your site very much:~)

    Comment by Sara — March 3, 2010 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for visiting and for your gracious comments. It’s amazing how everyone has their own distinct way of capturing ideas and expressing ideas before they disappear!

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  17. love it. i keep a notebook with me in my back pocket just in case…but i have gotten up in the middle of the night to jot down a phrase, or pulled over on the side of the road…can so relate.

    Comment by brian miller — March 4, 2010 @ 1:05 am | Reply

  18. Really good!!!! My thoughts usually come early in the morning and if I don’t jump right up and right,then I loose the wonderful ideas I also keep notebooks all over the place.I thank God for all of the talented writers I’ve meet through Jingle’s Poet Rally’s. Do stop in and pick up your “Beautiful Blog Award” and enjoy. 😀

    Comment by pttyann — March 4, 2010 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  19. I get ideas at the weirdest of time… like while walking or cooking 😀
    lovely write…

    award for you at my blog… please accept 🙂

    Comment by Rajlakshmi — March 4, 2010 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments and the award! Yes, it always comes when your brain is relaxed, and maybe in between working.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  20. Ideas always come when your hands are on the wheel… you are so right 🙂

    I have a small award for you, please collect it from my blog: and make me very, very happy.
    With warmest wishes,

    Comment by trisha — March 5, 2010 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  21. I have the same problem-haha! I keep lots of little notepads and pens by my bedside, and a small and very old-fashioned mini recorder or use my cell phone to record thoughts while I’m on the go. Sometimes though, I just let them go with the thought that they’ll come back if I’m really supposed to use them : )

    Comment by Anna Cork — March 5, 2010 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

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