Dots on the Page

There is something special about
a lined page of paper from a notebook.
The parameters are all set –
Uniform equality of margin, space and lines,
but when it is marked with ink,
all formats become null and void of their existence.
And are no longer adhered to, at least by me.


This is how I see that page,
then I find reason to make an imprint,
which at times gets erased, but more likely
gets additional markings of ink doodles.
Circles are drawn around words
to be used somewhere else in the draft.
Lines stretch to where they are
better suited to make sense.


Writing a story or poem or love letter,
often finds that I’m not satisfied with my initial inkings,
and rather than start over with a fresh page,
I create these,
almost hidden to the non-composer’s eye,


It would be a high order,
to take on the markings I make
to make sense of them.


That is why I haven’t hired someone
to take dictation, or lease a stenographer for the afternoon,
or even still, harass an Editor!


Part of this dance is that I am in charge
from thought to thought to conclusion.
When the musics stops,
and I am fulfilled and satisfied with my mind’s creation,
I type it to a virtual page, in a virtual book,
press, PUBLISH, and hope I made a point of those dots on the page.

-dld Nov. 3, 2010

for T10 – Words, Inc., Wednesday:
(1) high, (2) erase, (3), publish, and (4) hidden


2 responses to “Dots on the Page

  1. Ha…my notebooks are filled with cryptic symbols and arrows indicating the course of my thought process…if one is brave enough to call it that…that results in what is typed by me…since no one else could follow the flow of markings…glad to here I’m not alone…you should see what I do to books I read…no resell value with them. 😉

  2. You are not alone, my friend! I can remember feeling slightly guilty when I wrote in my books in college, but that turned-out to be a good thing, at least for me and since then, I’d be surprised NOT to see something inked by my pen, ranting on about one thing or another that has nothing to do, at times, with the corresponding text! Although not a brilliant piece or necessarily good writing – I accomplished this rather quickly, as the prompts just led me here! (You woundn’t re-sell those books, so who are you kidding!!!)

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