Waste paper endings

photoart – ©laura granby

“Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning
Every poem an epitaph”*

each writer is a butcher
chop chop chopping constructs into bite size
the stream that rises in consciousness
dammed at intervals
to pool as paragraphs – phrased just so

And you, pen in hand with a masterly stroke
executed sentences as short sharp shocks
such gorgeous grammar
proper but non-committal
like breadcrumbs
sparingly metered out in fine prose
with a light sentiment of sonnet

And when all the words were scrabbled
all alphabets off
each dog-eared  letter condemned
snip snipped and torn apart
slivers of love re-cycled

Beginning quote from Eliot’s “Little Gidding“* as Paul @ dVerse asks us to scribble some lines about ‘The End’

10 Comments on “Waste paper endings

  1. Nice description of the writer as a “butcher” who chops reality into “bite size/mouthpieces”. The sound of the word is more immediate and closer to who we are. They words themselves take us away and have to be incomplete, chopped off bits of reality. I think that incompleteness is good. It allows new poets to keep writing it down over and over again in their own ways.

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    • “he sound of the word is more immediate and closer to who we are” – excellent!

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    • Many thanks Beverly – find endings not easy to get right


    • Finally got to write for this excellent theme!


    • Thank you – The metaphor caught me unawares!


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