Hypergraphia | Teen Ink


August 23, 2013
By Silhouettes GOLD, Waltham, Massachusetts
Silhouettes GOLD, Waltham, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it." -Vincent Van Gogh

Where the light breaks
Where the letters are scrawled in between lines
I hear the commotion of a typewriter
Like the hauling of rusting chains across a floor
Like the fire of a gun
The bitter silence of a voice caught in a throat
Flooded the room
The dark kind made for thinking

How I watched her then,
The long pale fingers
Her lithe porcelain fingers
Rush across the hollowed typewriter-keys
The writer’s word-worn hands
Tap and push at the sleek
Iridescent creature
In the dead silence of the night

I watched her then
Glazed in the light of a screen
And a numbed hand cramped
And swollen with words
The intravenous dipping
Bathing the needle in the black blood
With tremulous fingers

I watched the writer then
Through a crack in the hall
Humped over her laboratory
Words spilled across the desk
Perched on her shoulder
Snaking up her arms
In the loud silence of the mind.

The author's comments:
Hypergraphia is a word I have just recently been introduced to. It means the uncontrollable, almost tormenting, urge to write. I think a lot of writers have this.

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