I write

On paper I write
to feel your weight

one solid universe
of stone-inked
story

Missing words
mangle tongue

unwritten

cancelling sounds
roll off

unbitten

forget what I wrote
before the coffee

I drop the weight
of the world

in this pen
while the stone

rolls back
I rewrite



My response to Meeting the Bar where Laura asks us to repeat lines at dVerse

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Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

42 thoughts on “I write

  1. Tricia,
    This resonates with me. I can pour it all out on the page. “drop the weight of this world into a pen”
    Thanks for sharing your poem today.
    Ali

  2. Ooh, I love this. So much of our soul and world go into writing and you encapsulate that aspect so beautifully here. In these lines, it says it all:

    “cancelling sounds
    roll off

    unbitten

    forget what I wrote
    before the coffee

    I drop the weight
    of the world

    in this pen”

    We say so much from our minds, for some, writing is like a relief. A weight off the shoulders.

    1. Yes! I tried to repeat the word write in different ways, because we play around so much with our writing, trying to perfect it and right the wrongs on the page, at least. It is a release! ❤🙏❤

  3. Introspection can be a good thing. I, too, find a pale reflection of my poetic self, and my cranky pen.

  4. Write and rewriting – I can identify with the process. I also like how powerful this can be, the weight of the world, a universe, in our pen.

  5. Tricia, I read this again and again and every time it got better and better. Any poem with coffee in it is a good one. Nothing matters before coffee. Great poem.

  6. the form created the heaviness so well.
    the cascade felt heavier,
    heavier,
    heavier,

    and when this line came, i lost it:
    I drop the weight
    of the world

    in this pen

    marvelous, Tricia!

  7. Tricia,
    Tempted to say this is a lovely homage to the process of writing, especially as “the stone rolls back” as if to say the “weight” has given way. That’s the way I read it anyway. Lovely.
    ~🕊Dora

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