Saturday, 26 November 2016

Heart Lines

Ink, not exactly
black, not really blue
a mixture then
of ink and nib
dusk and dawn
or the shades 
of a winter afternoon

the nib, silver metal shell
dips in the ink
the black and the blue
the paper, the parchment
the grain in the paper
the neat impress -
letter connects to letter
the fingers hold the pen
the paper clean as snow,

smudges on the fingers
smudges of dusk
smudges of dawn

the thoughts transmit
through muscle, blood, bone
the curlicues of copperplate
as the light dims
flickers, dies

the letters of black and blue
the neat impress
like footprints, crow shadows

heart-lines
in the snow

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