With my attention divided, I sit…
Pen, poised above the page in readiness;
hopeful of a script that would see it fit
the purpose of a quill; and so, impress
its thoughts upon a blank page. It hovers
above the line with nothing yet to write;
the grip of an unsteady hand bothers
the nib; uncertainty – in pensive flight.
In anticipation it contemplates
the possibility of nothingness;
a void in the universe that equates
to unwritten principles – more or less.
. True to word: a pen without instruction,
. finds absurd the point of its production.
© Tim Grace, 9 March 2014
To the reader: The physical translation of my poetic thoughts onto paper is through a pen; obviously, a free-flowing versatile pen is preferred. It needs to be an ergonomic pen that sits comfortably in my hand; happy to be twiddled, over-worked and under-paid! All the better, if that pen is well-weighted; designed to manoeuvre and embellish as it imprints letter onto line.
To the poet: Those fancy ostentatious pens that ooze with opulence are far too pretentious to be of any use in drafting. I’ve given them a try. Their notable features demand attention; they want to finish with a flourish and leave indelible marks. Signature pens are dressed for occasion; singular in purpose, unready for sustained action. As a medium, the perfect pen must neither interrupt nor distract from the creative process.
4 thoughts on “True to word”
Love it!!! Made me laugh and think. And how many times is that pen so ready for the art of writing and nothing seems to flow just then..I go and clean something.. oops there’s the washing machine…;-)
Around this time, I tried using a new fountain pen (thinking that would be classy) – a disaster really. The pen consumed so much time to operate I lost the flow of thought it requires to draft without distraction … the pen became a nuisance.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Isn’t it lovely when you get exactly the right one? Even a common or garden bic..
Hi Cheryl… I missed your ‘bic’ comment. Yes, a great pen doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of all it mustn’t get in the way of the writing process; like the perfect waiter.
LikeLiked by 1 person