April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Paper Life

How else to be our own best friend?

My life is a piece of paper.
Find breath between lines
of a far from empty notebook.

Define contours of my story
with writing pens or colored pencils,
scattered willy-nilly through
these parchment-thin walls.

Turn seasons with a flick
of wrist, while underlining
newly found meaning,
or finger-walking old ones
steadfastly keeping their truths.

Papyrus home shields
both thoughts and feelings
from stormy gusts of wind,
found in roaring rants
of others, convinced their words
are both thunder and lightning.

Only hope, that I never
lose sight of wondrous life
built with only words.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/15/2017

Notes: This marks the half-way mark for the PAD Challenge. There are times, when I go back and read some of the different things I have written. I don’t just write poetry. I do concoct personal essays about writing, especially journal writing. I have a blog that is, for the most part, dedicated to that subject matter, because that was a great deal of what I taught. Two days ago, I went to the blog, and simply read what I’d posted there a month ago. And it was there that I found inspiration for today’s poem. It is located here:


Image is a colored pen and ink line weave drawing done a while ago. It always makes me think of a home place surrounded by lush growing things.






About 1sojournal

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: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to April PAD Challenge: Day 15

  1. Pingback: Saturday Mix — Lorraine 15.04.17 | Ladyleemanila

  2. Sherry Marr says:

    And I hope I get to keep reading them for a very long time! A wonderful poem, Elizabeth.


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