My Striking Pen

Is my pen led astray?
Or just having its way?
two line strikes
and
those “rich green, carpet of flowing grasslands”
become
“verdant meadows”

Ideas morph in the margins
the chrysalis cracks
under the weight of my rolling, ballpoint pen
NOW
“the welcoming pale pink petals of my wax begonias that lure hummingbirds”
flutter away as
“blushing invitations to winged friends”

Arrows zing around my page
in colorful edits
this is war
in my mind
ten words drop in a single line:
“the furry, flop-eared bunny hopped, hid eggs and in the yard and, exhausted, dropped”
simply put:
“the rabbit died”

I’m not crying
rabbits
though cute
are ever multiplying
like words
before edits
they overrun the garden-page
NOW
weeded
hunted
tended
ideas flourish
under the cut of my striking pen
this is war

~

Words and Photography ©2017 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

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49 thoughts on “My Striking Pen

      1. I work more online after retirement than I ever did in 26 years as a chef. Thats mostly because the computer is always on and there ain’t no down time if I’m home. I have a nosy question…..if I may….how is it a woman with your “qualities” can not be somebodies wife? I hope this question is not crossing the line, which I’ve been known to do, often.

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      2. No…it’s okay. For the sake of my children, I keep most “personal” stuff off the blog is all.
        I hear you about the computer, my friend! We live in a 24 hour-a-day news cycle too, so there is always something, isn’t there? Especially now…crazy days!😊

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  1. I hear you. Editing feels like a major battle at times: “Once more into the breach.”

    *sigh* But it’s the only way I know to make my stories better. I’m gutting up for another edit of my first trilogy. It’s probably had enough time sitting fallow that I can productively work with it again.

    Best wishes with the rewrite on your work. 🙂

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      1. It is very nice of you to say that, Tanya. I have been an observer and have loved following you as you write. You have influenced me too, in so many ways, so that’s good too, and I thank you for that.

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