Square One

She plans to write,
even as she stands in
strands of ruined time,
juggling country, state,
desire to facilitate
sustain grace. She’ll
embrace this moment
after a page or two,
some aspect of ask,
some semblance of ink
sent forth in ribboned
hesitation, ardent frenzy.

Some phrase will be erased;
some saved. What matters
is the stretch of hungry
fingers, the spill of haunt
-ed heart.



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10 Responses to Square One

  1. “sustained grace’ and “the spill of haunted heart” – some lovely ideas and poetic feelings here, De… I’ll be back for more sometime… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

  2. Pamela says:

    Wonderful final stanza, De. Nicely done with the very difficult words. I only used three myself.


  3. I would not have guessed that you were trying to use certain words – this flows so nicely. I love the ending, “the stretch of hungry/ fingers, the spill of haunt/ ed heart” – such a perfect description of the physical act of writing. This is such a great sketch of all of those who “plan… to write” — the way you have to learn to fit it in, juggle it all. Love “ribboned hesitation” – which called to my mind the ancient typewriter!

  4. markwindham says:

    yes! getting it out is what usually matters

  5. kaykuala says:

    What matters
    is the stretch of hungry
    fingers, the spill of haunt

    These are elements that still accord a hope for the future. There is still a chance obviously but it all depends on the intensity of feelings for it to sustain! nicely WG!


  6. Misky says:

    Oh yes, “spill of (a) haunted heart” is perfection.

  7. Back to square one! I love the idea of “strands of ruined time” feeding those “hungry fingers” !

  8. jae rose says:

    Ooh I can hear those typewriter keys..i only thought the other night how the iPad makes a clackity clack noise as you type..real joy in writing and creating in this piece..

  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    Your words just flow so beautifully, De… and I especially like the ending.

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