Words in Flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony DeLorger © 2016

The lamp like a gilded halo,
touched every raised grain and knot of oak
that held it upon its worn surface,
and the white hot flame within, danced,
while shadows long and deep swayed
to the scratching of quill against parchment.

Eye-glasses sat upon his pitted nose,
his eyes focused so intently, they were like a bottomless pond,
glistening in the light, but unmoving
as he wrote vehemently, purposefully,
so as to glean all thoughts to ink quickly,
before they dissipated.

In the dim light the grey rings that edged his eyes
revealed his age, and his stubbled face all white haired,
meshed in a curled frenzy of growth, unkempt,
as he scratched away, the light dancing his thoughts,
and the words in ink flowing like a tidal river,
unstoppable, irrepressible.

For more than an hour he sat hunched,
the quill his only connection to life,
as if soul driven to one quest only,
and as the words slowly subsided, he exhaled,
as if breath held from the very beginning,
as he scanned the work, the fortuity of what he had done.

In the silence of a wood cabin, alone by flame,
a man wrote his heart upon a page,
and as he read, he recognized not his minds desires,
as if these words were delivered from angel post,
and he understood what more there was,
to this act he so desired to undertake.

By night, the words of a writer found flight.

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “Words in Flight

  • May 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM
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    So vivid I can almost see him there in the dim light as he pens words that will find flight and settle where they are meant to be. I felt very much at home and familiar with that writer who is so dedicated to his skills of writing. Thanks for the few moments of quiet comfort, Tony.

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    • May 17, 2016 at 1:12 AM
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      A pleasure, and glad you enjoyed it Phyllis.

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  • May 16, 2016 at 5:58 PM
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    Tony, many a day or night an industrious writer pens his/her thoughts. Some by a candlelight others by electric or daylight, but regardless the radiance, the words come forth and parchment or keyboard absorb them, translating the poets very soul. Often a time, I’ve penned late into the night, not by necessary choice, but driven by some unknown force. We call them our Muse and thankful for it’s inspiration to us, for without a Muse, the tablet stares back at us and writers block it is. A taboo, we all from time to time must face. Beautifully penned my poet, one minor correction, I believe you meant to type “worn” not “warn surface”, an easy slip of the finger;-)

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  • May 17, 2016 at 1:13 AM
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    Thanks Vincent, typos can plague a mind, so easy to miss. Glad you appreciated my words. Cheers!

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