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Shadows in the Ink

He taught me that ink made shadows.
I didn't believe him. Of course, he was insane,
But he urged me to use his pen, just to write simply and plain.
His arched and smoky eyebrows, his maze of a face, his square chin,
His trembling lips, and his eternally deep eyes could not describe him.
Even though I doubted, I thought it best to humor him.
Who wants to irritate a man who's just slightly around the bend?

Once the ink fell from my pen to the paper, my mind began to see.
The little vines exploding from the blot described a place where only I could be.
I found spaces between the spaces where ideas where hiding for me to find.
A world of impossible things come to life with just one line.
Chaos can smile, dreams can dart from anywhere to here,
Pages can fold up and take flight.
I slowly peered up at the now not-so-crazed man to discover
That it’s possible he just may be right.
I suppose this magic world that has so entranced me
Is worth the madness that “normal” would condemn
Because I saw a depth to the ink on the page and suddenly
I wished that my imagination could compete with the shadows that I ignorantly penned.

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LiraDaeris said...
May 27, 2013 at 9:18 am
GREAT. First line drew me in immediately, and you kept me going. Extremely well dine.
haley101This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2013 at 7:47 am
i love this line: Chaos could smile. It's oxymoronic and really makes the reader think. This was a great and amazing poem overall. one of my favoriates..
Scribbler-of-Dreams This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:47 am
AMAZING! I absolutely love this peice. Keep it up. Your a great writer.
Padoodallee replied...
Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm
thank you! this means a lot to me.
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