Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Pen

Black ink imprints lines and dots onto ancient paper
creating gel-filled puddles of solid passion.
Words and signatures become permanent once liquid
flows slowly, readily, and peacefully like the waves
on Seal Beach after a brutal storm from the east.
Occasionally the ballpoint tries to fix past mistakes,
but makes additional smudges along the way. Scribbles
are distinguished as art, offering a glimpse of humanity
in a world dominated by Microsoft Word. Instead of trying
to white-out misspelled words, the pen crosses through them,
gravitating toward distinctive verbs over others.
Break free of being simple by using phrases that urge
literary movement across the Atlantic. Write tonight,
before morning draws nearer with the Pilot pen
who links soft hands with sensuous readers.