In Ink

A Poem By Hannah W. // 5/17/2012

I set myself down in words, in ink.
Blue lines running like rivers on the page
and my name
scrawled at the end with a hesitant hand.

My penmanship inelegant, sentences ineloquent
saying everything and nothing that I wanted to say.

But writing things down is like leaving fingerprints
or getting paper cuts, or making reckless decisions.

It’s like trying to draw a bird in a minute:
unable to capture its lightness and movement.

Or singing a song when you only know half the verses
or performing soliloquies and one-sided discourses
already knowing the crowd will be disappointed.

But I’ve set myself down in words, in ink.
Blue lines like rivers course over the margins—
and it’s up to someone else to decide
if they’ll follow them into the ocean.

Comments

WONDERFUL!!

This is SOOOO good!!

"Blue lines running like rivers on the page
and my name
scrawled at the end with a hesitant hand.

My penmanship inelegant, sentences ineloquent
saying everything and nothing that I wanted to say."

Those were my favorite lines. It really relates to me! Wonderful job! I love your poetry...you should make a book out of it and publish it!

Lucy Anne | Thu, 05/17/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Precisely, totally, and

Precisely, totally, and forever what I feel.

Anna | Fri, 05/18/2012

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

I think

I think that is what every writer feels. At least that is how I feel. Wonderful job. Wonderful job.

Bernadette | Fri, 05/18/2012

This is so great and lovely

This is so great and lovely and beautiful.

Erin | Fri, 05/18/2012

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

whoa

Hannah, you seriously have a gift for writing poetry, fiction and everything else you put your pen too! That is all I have to say... I am in awe...

Elizabeth | Sat, 05/19/2012

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The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

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