november child

the curse of a sentimental heart & a skeptical mind




Words got stuck
floating over the breakfast table,
now forever interwoven with
the scents of coffee and raspberry jam.

© Novemberchild
photo credit:  via Pinterest


A lot of abandoned pages
in this book,
interspersed with pages
where whole chapters
have simply vanished.

Fleeing from the desperation
they were written in.
Tired of being forced into
ever repeating dramas.

They escaped,
rearranging themselves
into happier tales,
someplace else,
for someone else.

© november child
photo credit:  wikipedia


Sometimes I wish I could say
I stare at a blank page.
White and pristine,
mercifully devoid of phrases,
a beautifully empty vehicle
waiting to convey my words.

But my pages are filled with scribbles
and really bad doodles,
with expressions and fragments,
arranged and rearranged until barely legible.
I believe I have destroyed
more than one forest with my inaptitude.

And the monstrosities stare back at me,
mocking my feeble wording,
always lacking, always wanting,
cruelly pointing out my inability
to communicate my thoughts,
stoking my frustration.


© november child
photo credit: in transition via flickr
(with my apologies, those are actually very beautiful scribbles as opposed to my own which lack any grace whatsoever)



In the flickering light of candles
the quill glides over parchment
in long, graceful strokes
unleashing words of an elegance
long lost,
composing prose that emanates
the fragrance of centuries
long gone.

© november child
photo credit: historygradguy via flickr



Your words used to ignite me
burning their way into my soul,
my catechism of hope
when you wrote them from your heart.

On your pages you
stoked my desire,
soothed my raw patches
and fed my numberless needs.

Now the fire is gone from your poems,
clouds of choking smoke hover,
only a vague resemblances remaining
as you write them from your head.

© november child
in response to Mindlovermisery’s Menagerie  Photo Challenge #124
photo via Mindlovermisery’s Menagerie

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