On writing

Pick up the pen. Poise. Pause. Procrastinate.
Doubt and fear, crushing and inescapable.
 
A jumble of words and half formed ideas
Collide and clatter, shouting to be heard.
 
The pen hovers tentatively.  Quivering.
Unblemished paper white and intimidating.
 
A drip, a jot, a scrawl, a squiggle.  Something.
Slow and scratching, then gliding and gracious.
 
No longer virgin white.  Tinted.  Tainted.
Sibilance and semi-colons start to tell a story.
 

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