Ink and Paper

#NaPoWriMo

Day 30

Friends I took a few days off due to sickness and surgery. I’m finishing up this month of poetry as I recover. Thank you for your understanding.

HELLO READER, JUST A SIDE NOTE HERE, I’LL BE PUTTING THESE POEMS ON MY PODCAST IN MAY AND DISCUSSING MY JOURNEY. THE PODCAST IS KDOI PODCASTING CLICK ON THE LINK, THERE are 3 SEASONS WORTH OF ART, DISCUSSION, INTERVIEWS PROJECTS AND MORE.

And last but not least, now for our final (but still optional) prompt for this year! Taking a leaf from our video resource, I’d like you to try your hand at a minimalist poem. What’s that? Well, a poem that is quite short, and that doesn’t really try to tell a story, but to quickly and simply capture an image or emotion. Haiku are probably the most familiar and traditional form of minimalist poetry, but there are plenty of very short poems out there that do not use the haiku form. There’s even an extreme style of minimalism in the form of one-word and other “highly compressed” poems. You don’t have to go that far, but you might think of your own poem for the day as a form of gesture drawing. Perhaps you might start from a concrete noun with a lot of sensory connotations, like “Butter” or “Sandpaper,” or “Raindrop” and
– quickly, lightly – go from there

Ink and Paper

4 May 2019

We bend over

scratching into wood

words that appear

before our eyes

our backs curled

our hands aching

fingers stained black

tears roll down

you walk past

too many books

too many stories

documented for nothing

we touch pulp

you and me

we touch each-other

and then nothing

you can’t feel

the words printed

as I can’t

feel your needs

Purgatory is thin

the thickest page

separates us two

we still try

another reader comes

another book opens

centuries old dance

puzzle remains unsolved

touch once more

try harder again

this time maybe

we break through

your eyes move

onto another page

I write words

trailing away again

we missed each-other

only to dance

For a time

with new parters

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