Paper Persona

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Paper Persona

Life lived in slight shadow
of quasi-linen weave, leaving
marks that chart a course
encrypted by whim
of each moment.

Sometimes whole words,
notes to curb desire
for entrance into world
misunderstood at best,
where rest is found
only in small snatches.

Drawn lines bent to fit
arbitrary form of someone
else’s concept of whatever
should be normal.

Easily crumpled, tossed aside,
forgotten, or lit in flash of flame,
instant heat that swiftly becomes
no more than ashes.

Elizabeth Crawford  12/14/11

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Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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10 Responses to Paper Persona

  1. Elizabeth, I love the last two stanzas, they speak volumes.

    Pamela
    btw, nice to see you @ wwp!

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  2. “Paper Persona” is a really interesting take on the picture. I enjoyed the poem, especially the last stanza – “easily crumpled, tossed aside…”

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  3. vivinfrance says:

    Drawn lines bent to fit
    arbitrary form of someone
    else’s concept of whatever
    should be normal.

    This is wonderful Elizabeth. Where have you been?

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  4. margo roby says:

    And that is one of the things I love about our community. To prompt, or not to prompt, no one minds so long as we have been able to write. That, everyone understands.

    margo

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  5. The last stanza underscores the temporal nature of so many things: words on a page, which can easily be destroyed with the paper; or the images in the window, which can be destroyed by a cast of light, the movement of a thing or a person, or a sudden rainstorm. Gorgeous write.

    -Nicole

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  6. wayne says:

    good one Elizabeth…..thanks for sharing your words….and to catch up with you again

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  7. To say that an image or words are so easily transformed into no more than ash is a subtle reflection of the fragility of life. You have made a momentous statement with your “Paper Persona”. Elizabeth, this is good.
    Regards,
    Donald

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  8. Deep thoughts, Elizabeth. They suit winter and the gray skies. The last stanza is especially powerful.

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  9. Irene says:

    The title is intriguing and I like how the persona self-immolates in the ending. You’re much missed, Elizabeth. Me, I was gone for a while, and have returned like a prodigal. *kidding*

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  10. jinksy says:

    marks that chart a course
    encrypted by whim
    of each moment

    Exactly what happens with instant posts on Blogger! 🙂

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