On Writing

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Juju Sun     pearllam.com

I do not carry
a pad of paper
a stub of pencil
when sauntering
out into the woods
for words that pass
through my thoughts
walking on the salal
to the oyster`shells
crushed now along
a weathered shore
Words here are
all inadequate

I do not carry
a digital camera
with a filtered lens
to capture the pearls
gleaming on the path
in early morning light
nacre lit up in sunshine
to beshame the strings
of perfectly cultured
K. Mikimoto pearls
worn by a princess
at the coronation
of her prince

All these images
are mind`etched
and heart`inscribed
or not worth keeping
It is only on reflection
images find their voices
echoes grow still enough
to be named as sounds
within the vocabulary
known but by those
who avoided Babel
where arrogance
sired ambiguity

“Writing is what you do when you are ready and acting
is what you do when someone else is ready.” ~ Steve Martin


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Writing

  1. but for my bedside pad and pen, half my writings would have been stillborn – “arrogance sired ambiguity” aptly describes the presidential campaign thus far


  2. More like ‘arrogance sired asininity’ . . .


  3. Maureen says:

    but sometimes I am afraid of losing those words…

    Liked by 1 person

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