How To Write

A Piece of Paper,

By Terry Scott Niebeling

 

Gathering material, tangible and non-existent, everyday.

…As I imagine, like most.

 

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Stacks of paper; extra scraps bound, wrapped tightly together, with a rubber-band going round.

 

Lost in time, my eyes scan.

Found happily, like a couple grand.

 

Standing at work, part-time, punching a clock for the full duration of the span.

Anyway, what’s lost?

We get by anyway we can.

 

Cutting up old adverts and loose-leaf we would not hesitate to situate in the trash.

 

How I write, how I know.

I’m all right as it goes.

 

How I make it to the night.

How I make it through life.

 

How I keep a grasp.

How we do what we can to help time pass.

 

Old pen, new pen, whichever pen writes best.

One wet with ink like a well, found taught in my hand is swell, I guess.

 

To flee to leave to dreams it seems.

Writing what my mind sees, inside-out and in-between.

 

This is a piece of paper with which I write for a few minutes of my life.

And then, moments later, with a pen, I smile, and begin to write again.

 

I set down my pieces of paper and my flowing friend.

The end.

 

And then I start to imagine.

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How about you, what’s your muse?

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