Ode to Lined Paper

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Ode to Lined Paper

Oh you blue guided,
oh you straight swayed,
oh you not-wide-dotted
as child’s work/play.

Oh you stretched
for the sinuous (that double-dutchness
of slant loop)–oh you thread
of my tale, you tail
of my thread,
you path
to be read,
you orderly gift to gab, you dignifier
of what sounds stupid solely said–

Oh you road through blinking
deserts, you remembrancer
of sky–

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A very draftish poem, meaning just now written, for Real Toads Open Platform.  As one may infer from my little (recycled) drawing, this (like my previous poem, Ode to our Feet) is somewhat influenced by Pablo Neruda’s Ode to my Socks

 

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10 Comments on “Ode to Lined Paper”

  1. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    you thread
    of my tale, you tail
    of my thread…

    Such a clever piece, karin, and a joy to read.

  2. gillena Says:

    This is a fun write.
    “you orderly gift to gab, you dignifier” luv it

    Much love…

  3. Marian Says:

    So much fun! It did bring to my mind a jumprope rhyme even before you uttered double-dutch. Clever!


  4. “Oh you road through blinking
    deserts, you remembrancer
    of sky–” … just like a good book, a well worn journal allows us to explore as well

  5. Jim Says:

    I like your circular lines,
    “… oh you thread of my tale,
    you tail of my thread …”
    they add to the fun.
    BTW, would you please make mine ‘college ruled?’
    Thanks, I get more words per buck with that.
    ..

  6. Sherry Marr Says:

    How I love this one, especially “you remembrancer of sky”….LOVE the sketch.


  7. I do love this… It brings back memories of that excellent prompt that Tony had on writing ode… Personally I loved to write on paper without lines … But now it’s all computer


  8. I like this! Fun word play and alliteration, and I love the close!


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