Thursday, April 6, 2017

A pen(ny) for distraction



I dance with shadows
   and gather figments of last night's dream
To the beat of syllables
   I compose & decompose   

Don't strangle me if you're lost for words
   or stab my feet if you're angry

I ink your letters in a hurry
   Spill your secrets in a diary
Doodle your daydreams in paper
   Carve names on walls of skyscraper

My skin maybe cheap as plastic
   But my breath is blue

I nibble stardust while
    you ponder on just the right word
And when I'm inspired, pour sweet
    distractions all over the page



Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight - Taking another stab at Lillian's anthropomorphism prompt.   Join us when the pub opens at 3pm EST ~ Thanks for the visit ~

35 comments:

  1. I have never written poetry with a pen... I'm totally dependent on a keyboard. But I do love the voice of your pen.

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  2. Like this stardust nibbling pen... write on the computer though!

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  3. I love your poetic pen, Grace! I do both: I scribble some ideas, phrases, lines and stanzas in a notebook when I'm out and about or in the middle of the night when the computer is switched off, or in the morning when I have 'figments of last night's dream' still in my head, and then other times I type them into a 'new ideas' file on my laptop.
    My favourite lines:
    'I nibble stardust while
    you ponder on just the right word
    And when I'm inspired, pour sweet
    distractions all over the page'.

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  4. I didn't realize at first that this was your pen talking. Once I did, I reread it. And still the same stanza stood out to me as a favorite, only it made more sense the second time through:

    My skin maybe cheap as plastic
    But my breath is blue

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  5. Like Kim, I jot down ideas and midnight epiphanies, then refine on the computer. I love the "nibble stardust" words!

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  6. I write by hand too and I love the voice you have given to your pen. Like Kim, my favourite stanza is
    'I nibble stardust while
    you ponder on just the right word
    And when I'm inspired, pour sweet
    distractions all over the page'

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  7. I ink your letters in a hurry
    Spill your secrets in a diary
    Doodle your daydreams in paper
    Carve names on walls of skyscraper


    Sigh.. this is soo beautiful!❤️

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  8. Words are magic, however they come to life.

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  9. Excellent use of anthropomorphism. I do like a nice pen, although I too have opted for the cheap ones in the end. I thought the blue breath was particularly evocative.

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  10. I find writing with a real pen much more relaxing than keyboards, if totally inefficient in a simple sense...

    I like the blue breathing.

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  11. Words sure can flow and help things grow

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  12. I like the ink as breath, and "nibble stardust" is beautiful.

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  13. Wonder, as we move away from pens and pencils, and become totally dependent on computers, if we're losing a part of ourselves, without realizing it. Myself, I use a black ink pen, to write about half of my poems, especially, when I am travelling on transit, to my various medical appointments.

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  14. i love that you doodle and scribble too! inspiration hits and the pen flies across the page, every word of a writer's passion you capture it here so well. the pen awaiting the instruction to record for posterity the writer's thoughts and dreams. you words always inspire me.

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  15. I nibble stardust while
    you ponder on just the right word
    And when I'm inspired, pour sweet
    distractions all over the page

    How nice to have a partner for inspiration, human or otherwise, it works wonders!

    Hank

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  16. Fine work, Grace. I love the title, the first two stanzas, and the last two lines.

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  17. What we write are kind of like sweet distractions.

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  18. Hinting of a greater treasure earning to be appreciated

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  19. Love where you took this Grace--loved the opening especially!

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  20. It doesn't matter how you write, just that one does. I keep my poems in my head for years until they are ready and then, on the computer, I write them. It took me a couple of secs to realize this was your pen! and when I did, I reread it in a different way. Love the nibbling pen.

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  21. The stardust nibbling and those opening and closing lines - exquisite.

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  22. Lovely. They say that writing with a pen accesses our right-brain, our most creative side. No doubt in ways that typing may not, although both hands are used so who knows.

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  23. My skin maybe cheap as plastic
    But my breath is blue

    I nibble stardust while
    you ponder on just the right word
    And when I'm inspired, pour sweet
    distractions all over the page.............Magical!

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  24. oh how beautiful to hear it from a pen!

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  25. ink's blue breath and nibbling on stardust while the writer is busy thinking, straining ... beautiful.

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  26. Careful with that wee plastic being...your pen is on fire ;)

    I have oodles of notebooks full of scribbles...I still write with a pen or pencil as well as type.

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  27. I'll be honest (what is there to be?) I had to look up the definition of anthropomorphism.

    I am confused about the theme here, I see attributes on display but I am missing the to whom or what.

    I will say though that this has wonderful rhythm and imagery.

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  28. This is my favorite poem of yours so far. I haven't been reading your poems for very long yet, Grace, but they inspire me. That is, they do so much more than just please me, they inspire. Thank you so much for sharing them!

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  29. My skin maybe cheap as plastic/But my breath is blue...what a fantastic image of a pen!

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  30. I love this! Of course, I use my trusty pencil, but I do think it makes the poetry much more personal.

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  31. Fabulous, Grace! (I'm reading through links list backwards.) My pen definitely inks distractions...and the rough drafts of most of my poems. It feels good to work it out with pen on paper first :)

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  32. I love this one! It was a pleasure to read.

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  33. This poem is so lovely! A pen nibbling stardust... I love this so much! :-)

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  34. Very nice, Grace. I really like the title, too.

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  35. The close on this is utterly wonderful ... in so many ways!

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