Ink

you find my words at their crumbled end

powdered syllables tumbled

from cracked lips

smudged ink stains paper

flecked with fools’ gold

mordant mildew and dank mould

you open your mouth to speak

and the air is winter

forming icicles of perennial

participles

going, going, gone

i hear

and the sharp nib scratches

as ink runs clear

87 thoughts on “Ink”

      1. I actually thought you were mad at me, because the comment was somewhat negative, unlike my other happier ones. I thought maybe you didn’t want me spreading negativity. But my mind is paranoid except when I’m high, and I’m high most of the time, these days. I don’t know Diana. I thought I’ll quit drinking and well…other stuff, and now I feel like a corpse. I just can’t feel. I’m moving to the mountains for a while. I’m hoping solitude and nature replenishes and rehabilitates me. Sorry I’m rambling. I could relate to the poem as if someone had written my current state using their own elegant, distinct style, although you might have had some other meaning in mind.

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      1. And I’m thrilled you do! I want to wrap you up and carry you along and the day this stops happening …well, I’d place my quill in it’s desk and take a long pilgrimage to inspiration mountain πŸ’œπŸ˜Œ

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    1. Hooray! There you are…I’ve missed Vanessa Va Va Voom! Have you been on some amazing outback adventure?
      The blogosphere is a sullen place without your vivacious spirit ❀

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      1. Oh, family time and warm beach weather! *eyes a twinkle*. I’m just dandy, currently housesitting a very peaceful abode with hummingbirds dancing in the rear yard. Ah, if only every day was Sunday xxx

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      2. Oh that sounds beautiful! And coincidental as I was watching some honey eaters in my parent’s garden. My goodness, the adorable birds they collect. I hope you got some pics? I was not fast enough, darn it.
        Hope you have a lovely week! xo

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      3. I need to bring my proper camera and telephoto lens for these little guys, as they dash about festively! Have a glorious week too V … have you been posting lately BTW, I haven’t noticed anything on the feed. Could be a WP quirk again…

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      4. yes, that’s a great idea, i should do the same!
        Thank you!
        And yes, but not every day. It’s no doubt a quirk as i haven’t been seeing yours either 😱

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  1. There’s so much that can be lost in the process of communication. Even though we have words — humankind’s best contribution to the world — there are so many factors, the mildew, the fool’s gold, clear ink, etc., that can get in the way instead of aiding. It just takes two paired souls to achieve the true gold, but I think it is a rare and beautiful union, whether with ink or without. Still, we embark on the tragicomedy of trying…

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    1. You eloquently speak nothing but the truth dear lady! If only there was something akin to Google translate for the miscommunication between many of us. An algorithm both accurate and foolproof for the “this is what I meant” or “this is what I heard”.
      Thank you for writing …

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  2. You had me at the first line, my friend… With each new post, my admiration of you, your thought process, your Divine gift of words and eye for beauty renews! ‘Ink’ is simply breathtaking. Lucky is the ink that fulfills it’s destiny through your pen! πŸŒΉπŸ˜‡

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    1. Here lies a broad grin; it arrived the moment I began reading your thoughtful words. And it will stay deep into my evening.
      I treasure your opinion, my divine doodler. ❀

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      1. So elated to be connected and to be able to share the breathtaking scenes with you, and equally indulging in yours my awesome, international friend! ❀️❀️

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      2. Just when I though your poetry couldn’t mean more than what it already does to me, here come your amazing photographs! I appreciate your entire art so much more now! So glad to be connected too! πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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      3. You are so incredibly kind and appreciate all the beauty I wish to convey … and every time we speak there is nothing but sweet joy from all the words 🌸🌸🌸 Just wow! I don’t say thank you enough πŸ™πŸ» πŸ’—πŸ’—

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      4. I would be lost after that first line… Nothing could match up to your fresh, rich imagery πŸ’Ÿ I shall adore it like the fanatic reader that I am πŸ“πŸŒΉ

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  3. I adored this poem Diana. You took the words right out of my pen,
    “smudged ink stains paper
    flecked with fools’ gold”
    and yes, sometimes I think my writings are so foolish and thin. You write with so much depth and power.

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    1. Ivor, your kindness is overwhelming. And what of this mention of “foolish and thin” …. as you write with feeling your words can never be thin, unless you severely restrict their caloric intake of Ivor emotional connection. Which cannot happen. Because. You! πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. Must be a momentary glitch. Let me reboot your hard drive so that you slot back into the much adored Ivor who brightens the days of so many he meets. ❀

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      2. I could do with a nice girl like you to restart my motor and brighten up my day. I’ll see if I can slot back into this poem I’m trying to write……. maybe it was that last pot of Aussie beer I had last night, that’s killed off my will power.

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  4. The beauty of your poetry is the fluidity, every line has a beauty of its own but it’s almost always impossible to find a line that stands out. It’s just delicious, from the ink filled pen to the inkless nib.

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    1. Dear Eric, such kind words to greet me this Sunday morning! The roses were sitting on the counter and just beginning to dry/discolour at the edges: a perfect accompaniment 😌 Hope you are having a find weekend!

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  5. Oh, Diana, what imagery and feeling you have spokenβ€” nay!β€” evoked in your readers! I had to read it twice in quick succession. The first reading left me feeling whimsical, yet on edge. The second left me feeling aware and in awe. You are a mistress of your craft. This one may be a new fave of mine!! Hope your day is sunny and grand!
    πŸŒžπŸŒ»πŸŒΈπŸ’š

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    1. What grey skies? With your mellifluous words the clouds burst open and I was bathed with K gold! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Thoroughly soaked with your sublime compliments, I feel ready to face the day with a spring in my step. Tally ho, divine soul! πŸ’•πŸŒΈπŸŒΈ

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      1. Haha! May your bones be tantalizingly tickled and you belly rippling with waves of
        mellowed mirth β™₯️β™₯️

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  6. Do you see my mouth gaped and eyes open wide as I read this!.. You give me sudden strokes of relief with every poem you write…. !!

    This is marvelous and this is beauty ……

    “and the air is winter

    forming icicles of perennial

    participles

    going, going, gone”

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    1. As I wrote this, I was privately hoping someone might notice the unusual, quirky cleverness of this part (yes I surprised myself πŸ˜‰).
      And there you are highlighting the details that the author herself is quietly proud of.
      Bravo …. now un-gape that mouth of yours and grab a pen, and join me in the words we so cherish ….

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      1. I was super concentrated on crumbled end, smudged ink stains and fool’s gold when the participles struck me hard to lost my way there…. I took a long pause… privately praised your creativity and cleverness at the point made and backtracked as I find myself reading “you find my words….”… and this loop went on unless I was content enough to go with the closure…..

        You had me in serious loop there… I did not take 5 days to comment for any less…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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