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Shadows in the Ink

February 12, 2013
By Padoodallee GOLD, Haven, Kansas
Padoodallee GOLD, Haven, Kansas
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Favorite Quote:
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." -Michelangelou


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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on May. 27 2013 at 9:18 am
LiraDaeris PLATINUM, Tucson, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

GREAT. First line drew me in immediately, and you kept me going. Extremely well dine.

on May. 27 2013 at 7:47 am
haley101 DIAMOND, Windsor, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

― Mary Oliver

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..

on Mar. 21 2013 at 9:49 pm
Padoodallee GOLD, Haven, Kansas
13 articles 0 photos 120 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." -Michelangelou

thank you! this means a lot to me.

on Mar. 20 2013 at 8:47 am
Scribbler-of-Dreams PLATINUM, Brandon, Florida
23 articles 0 photos 73 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love isn't everything we want, but it's everything we need....

AMAZING! I absolutely love this peice. Keep it up. Your a great writer.