Any warm room holds me,
as I do this red Venetian
pen, glass point, ready for
dipping in real, black ink
that generations of ancients
used, followed by a penny
for your thoughts, and up
to today’s ancients: myself.
I often desire to stare frontally
at feeling versus sensation.
That’s my quandary in the dip,
hold, pull, and literal try at ink.
If I’m too tight, my right-handed
letters feel admirable, but they
appear shaky and unstable on
my practice pad: life itself.
Those sensations, however,
strike a loose calm: much
like waiting comfortably in
line to check out from the
grocery store, knowing it
will take quarter-hours,
so just settle in and enjoy the
sensations on your flat arches.
I know my practice is improving,
as the thunder-shook symbols
jive with Plate 13 in my manual:
but is jive feeling or sensation?
Feeling touches as afterthought,
and sensation is the wait in line,
directing me loose, calm enough
to pause and value a line of ink.
Jan Wiezorek has taught writing at St. Augustine College, Chicago. His poetry has appeared at The London Magazine, Southern Pacific Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Bindweed Magazine, FIVE:2:ONE, Random Sample, Squawk Back, and other sites. He is author of Awesome Art Projects That Spark Super Writing. Visit him at janwiezorek.weebly.com.
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