Unsung Heroes of My Inkwell


UNSUNG HEROES IN MY INKWELL

My ubiquitous inkwell, home of
fluid blue poems-yet-to-be

Out pops an indigo sprite who
scribbles sillies and twizzles about
the ‘California daze’ or who’ll
juke-jive to the jazz

Sometimes a slate drudgeluckless
slithers over the side of the inkwell
seeps to the page
smears thoughts of illness and
acidic, acrid, lucid memories

There’s a crotchety navy man
who marches out, ten-huts at paper’s edge
and vigilantly decries the evils of war
He’s a vet of many battles and says
victory has neither a smell nor a hint of glory

My favorite inkwell denizen is
the periwinkle fairy who dusts the page
with a harvest heart and loving words
Who inspires hope with ageless
meditations on love

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For Three Word Wednesday (Battle, sumptous, harvest – what a combination of words!), and for ABC Wednesday, brought to you by the letter U. Hope I post this in time…

And to tell the truth, I do have an inkwell on my desk for inspiration, but I write with my trusty Ticonderoga #2 pencil. Peace, Amy

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pandamoniumcat
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 01:20:24

    Just love this, a nice jazzy beat, what a cast of characters… what an inkwell :) Great write.

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  2. Laurie Kolp
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 06:13:19

    This is delightful, Amy… love the second stanza especially. Hope all is well…

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  3. brian miller
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 06:15:30

    ha. inkwells are cool….and what a group of characters you keep in yours as well….smiles. i am rather fond of that last fairy as well…

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  4. Roger Green
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 06:53:43

    Well, you are my sung, and singing ,hero.
    sometimes, i just write. today’s blogpost was inspired, i think, by the obvious convergence: http://www.rogerogreen.com/2012/12/08/war-against-christmas-over-if-you-want-it/

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  5. Kim Nelson
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:04:58

    Muses across the spectrum. Lovely vision, lovely images, lovely write.

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  6. josie2shoes
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:08:12

    I loved this… wonderful images, beautiful word play! There was indeed something so much grander about putting pen to ink and then to paper, than listening to the endless clickty-click of fingers on the keyboard!

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  7. Sherry Blue Sky
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:54:46

    I love all of the poets living in your pen:)

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  8. Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 00:04:58

    Call me crazy, but this one makes a perfect ‘rap’ song! Love it!

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  9. Mama Pajama
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 06:37:08

    I actually have several inkwells, in different colors – for the glass pen that was given to me as a gift by my grandmother. I don’t use it all that often, but now I’ll have to, just to check for denizens, sprites and heroes!

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  10. Jae Rose
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 08:16:25

    The periwinkle fairy will always see you right..it is nice to follow the bounce of these words..the lighter blue trumping the navy..i hope i hope..good luck tomorrow..

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  11. El Guapo
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 12:43:04

    While the voice is completely yours, this reminded me a bit of Shel Silverstein.

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  12. Mary
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:16:05

    This was clever, Amy. A poet has to be adaptable and write the poem that comes…and you expressed this idea well.

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  13. whimsygizmo
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 17:59:54

    Oh my WORD! Did you write this one for me? You very well could have. Goodness. Loooooooooooove. You know my veins run blue. I love all of your heroes. And you had me at that title. Wonderful.

    This might be my favorite of yours, ever. And that’s sayin’ somethin’. :)

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  14. JazzBumpa
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:43:46

    I do my writing at the keyboard, but want very much to meet the Periwinkle Fairie!
    Or at least the Indigo Sprite.

    Love your rhythms.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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  15. oldegg
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 02:57:27

    I haven’t got a monopoly on the Periwinkle Fairy but she does seem to like sitting by my side when I write. Luckily she is a bit of a flirt and as soon as I start writing she is nudging me in the ribs! Who else have you got in that inkwell that you haven’t told us about?

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  16. Sara v
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 12:27:21

    Love all your characters Amy! That’s what makes your poetry so lush and deep. Periwinkle fairies are very appealing, though :-)

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  17. ladynimue
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 13:53:33

    I so love this,.
    “poems-yet-to-be” is such a beauty !!

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  18. Sheilagh Lee
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 09:17:22

    simply enchanting and delightful Amy

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