Poem – The Indeterminable Weight of the Blank Page

The Indeterminable Weight of the Blank Page

Staring at the blank page I wonder
Where to begin
The whiteness of it confuses me
So I start to identify colors
Blue shadows slink like clouds
Red flecks of lint like birds float
My thoughts roam with them
Past the edge of the page and out the window
Landing on a boulder littered with white spirals of moss
…………….. just
…………………. out
……………………… of
………………………… reach.

A small bird, a yellow finch lands on the boulder
And plucks my red linty thought up like a cracker
Swallows it whole and flies away
I stumble from my chair, determined to follow
Knowing the single thought
That flew away under another’s control
Was the one I needed to mark the white with black
The letters when strung together create the magic I have always loved

Tripping over my pink fuzzy slippers –
I knew they’d be the death of me
When I plucked them from the mass of red Christmas boxes
A little bit of luxury for the writer
As she sits arguing with the tabula rasa –
“Give me that back!” I yell out the window
And the bird winks from a distance
Smiling like the Cheshire cat
All-knowing and aware of the chaos created
By a simple snack

So I start over
Turn my attention back to the page
No longer blank as these words cascade down it
…………….. landing
…………………. safely
……………………… home.

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  1. #1 by knotrune on May 2, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Cool! Much more fun than the one I did…
    http://knotrune.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/the-blank-page/

    I think the bird that stole your idea left you with a little gift 😉

    • #2 by My Reflecting Pool on May 2, 2011 - 12:42 pm

      So funny that we both had essentially the same ending! I suppose we all know that feeling – the blank page that is suddenly full.

      I suppose I should thank that little birdie . . . of course, when I wrote this it was because I was stumped working on my dissertation and thought that lost idea was the end of me. Guess that wasn’t even close! 🙂

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