Worlds Away

what the nomad brought home

Because writing is sexy!

Pull back the cover

I invite you

To take your pen

To this book

Those ink-stained hands

Should spread

The pages

Your pen

Can leave its strokes within.

I give you a question mark

With all its mystery

Its curves

Rounding downward to

That singularly provocative point

Where you can write your answer

With graceful plunges below the lines,

Playful dashes,

Teasing ellipses,

Decisive dots,

Languid loops,

And all the artful

Punctuation of your choosing.

What will you write for me?

Your pen is

Welcome to play

I will be your muse and

This book

Can be…

An adventure!

Of swashbuckling vagabonds and secret hideouts,

Buried treasure unearthed after some perilous voyage—

Or a poem

Of timeless verse and soul-born cadence,

So exquisite in its candor and instinctive to express—

Maybe an epic

Whose ancient threads and exotic places are

Woven together with the touch of your words to this page—

Or even, perhaps, a comedy

Of clumsy, carefree heroes who meet under some…

Ridiculous circumstance!  And smile at their flaws.

Now bring your pen

To the satin canvas I am ceding

Here between the covers.

Your barrel may empty

When the pages are full.

 

I dedicate this to the inventors of writing, whose names are forever lost to history but whose gift makes them immortal, and to each and every writer since — all of whom, of course, are sexy! Writing is a passionate act of creation that strips you bare every time. (And the reader too!)

If you found yourself inspired by this poem, please go out and buy a book — support the art! And if you found yourself inspired in the, ahem, *other* way, just be safe. 😉

December 30, 2007 - Posted by | muse, Poetry, Sex, Woman, Writing | , , , , , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. “An adventure!
    Of swashbuckling vagabonds and secret hideouts,
    Buried treasure unearthed after some perilous voyage—
    Or a poem
    Of timeless verse and soul-born cadence,
    So exquisite in its candor and instinctive to express—
    Maybe an epic
    Whose ancient threads and exotic places are
    Woven together with the touch of your words to this page—
    Or even, perhaps, a comedy
    Of clumsy, carefree heroes who meet under some…
    Ridiculous circumstance! And smile at their flaws.”

    This is a great stanza–a poem in itself. Enjoyed the extended metaphor.

    Comment by Scot | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Scot! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. fabulicious

    Comment by Joe | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thanks, Joe!

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. This is the third time I’ve come back to read this — it’s just beautiful. I love the imagery. Great job!

    Comment by zouxzoux | December 31, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thanks, zouxzoux! That’s especially great to hear from someone whose own work I enjoy.
    I’ll confess that this one was fun to write, one of those poems that creates itself, where you go to sleep with a few fragmented images, and they’ve woven themselves together by morning. I’m glad you can connect with it.

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | January 1, 2008 | Reply

  7. just great..
    i love it. 🙂
    great job!

    Comment by ana | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  8. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ana! Thank you for the support.
    By the way, to address the question of how I found your blog, it was by clicking the “Go to random blog” button in WordPress. It caught my attention because I’m trying to keep up with my Portuguese by reading the language, and I’m happy that I stumbled upon your poetry — gosto muito da maneira divertida e honesta na que se pode expressar! Especialmente no que achei no tema de “escrever só por escrever”. (Sorry, my Portuguese is a little rusty, and I tend toward “portunhol”.) 😉

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  9. well, it is all been said above already. great metaphore, and your dedication could be standing alone and still be warm.

    Comment by utopianfragments | November 13, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thanks, it’s great to hear that you liked it. 🙂

    Comment by 20yearsfromnow | November 13, 2008 | Reply


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