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The blank book beckons
Narrow-lined and full of poetry
That cannot yet be seen.
This time, I say
I will remember
To create a glossary of poetic forms
In the back and
I will not forget to carry it with me
So that I can jot down, as they occur
In a section, marked,
The clever turns of phrase
That I always forget
Ready for when the perfect verse
Tumbles fully formed into my brain
Like Athena bursting
From the skull of the god
But first I’ll enter this very first verse
Of this new journal
This beckoning journal
This narrow-lined journal
And I will just place the last one, now full
On the shelf with the others

shared for the Open Link Night at dverse 6/10/21

27 thoughts on “On starting a new journal

  1. Beautifully penned. I really loved these lines the most:

    “The clever turns of phrase
    That I always forget
    Ready for when the perfect verse
    Tumbles fully formed into my brain
    Like Athena bursting
    From the skull of the god”

    When you just want to jot down that perfect phrase or line and are in fear of forgetting it before even writing it, I feel that. Always good to keep a notebook on you for poetry purposes and replenish when needed. 😀

    Loved reading this.

  2. LOVE this line:
    “Like Athena bursting
    From the skull of the god”
    oh yes….sometimes ideas or a line of poetry complete in its thought and tenor pops into the mind – sometimes while we’re sleeping….sometimes it awakens us…..sometimes as we sit on the subway or in the midst of a shower.
    That journal…..some are intimidated by a new journal with all its empty pages….I find it delectable. 🙂

  3. I too want to reflect back these lines that spoke to me,
    Ready for when the perfect verse
    Tumbles fully formed into my brain
    Like Athena bursting
    From the skull of the god

    Having the paper ready for the words to land on is so satisfying. They come when they do whether we are ready or not.

  4. I love the idea of a journal, ‘full of poetry/That cannot yet be seen.’ I use the notepad on my phone in the same way. It’s full of all kinds of crazy ideas and lines!

    • I used to take these insane long walks as part of depression therapy, and I’d write haiku in my head. It was part of the game to remember it by the time I got home. (Check out the 100 Haiku on this blog–that’s what that is)

  5. This is beautiful, wonderful, and so on point Xan. So many times I am riding in a car, lying in bed (from which my age and health no longer allows me to spring), or am otherwise in disposed — and a line pops into my head. Because my memory is also something that too easily eludes me these days, so many get lost, like tears in rain.
    But a good line captured begets a poem. Really enjoyed this piece my ftidnd!

  6. Your poem is like a beacon to the muses. I love the bursting forth from a god’s head imagery. Good idea to carry it wherever and always keep it at your bedside for dream messages…

  7. p.s. how many full journals do you have on the shelf? I bought one of those handheld recorders years ago for the purpose but have yet to use it. I hope one day we’ll have a jack that we can plug into and the words/images/ideas will be recorded and saved for us on a hard drive.

  8. Athena bursts out on her own clock, doesn’t she? I like to listen to music with a notebook in hand and write what pops into my head. Sometimes even outline a short story on paper while just relaxing. 📝

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