Monday, April 26, 2010

Beautiful Blank Pages


BLANK BEAUTY

Beautiful blank pages
kiss our
imaginations
with backgrounds
that demand precision.

Our black letters cross
on tightrope lines,
curving
without wavering
across deep, invisible currents.

These beautiful blank pages
are promises of our
reflections.
Our gentlest strokes
of darkness upon light.
Beautiful blank pages
kiss our
imaginations
with backgrounds
that demand precision.

Our black letters cross
on tightrope lines,
curving
without wavering
across deep, invisible currents.

These beautiful blank pages
are promises of our
reflections.
Our gentlest strokes
of darkness upon light.

~Unkown


Today, let's work to fill the white space with beautiful, black letters.

47 comments:

Patti said...

Very motivational. I'm going to try to write a little bit on some blank pages.

Falen said...

mostly i just need to work on removing some of those black letters that are doing more harm than good

Shari said...

I love this. It makes me want to create some black strokes on the blank pages.

Portia said...

I love it! Nothing more inspiring to me than a blank page waiting for words :-) Happy writing!

L. T. Host said...

Okay! I will!

Thanks for the push :)

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

Today, I promise to get back to my blank pages after taking a few days off. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Oh yes! That just made me want to dig out my Calligraphy pen! Thanks!

Sandy Shin said...

Lovely and very inspiring! Definitely makes me want to turn to the next blank page of my notebook and just write. :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Blank pages really are a wonderful thing! Sometimes we are intimidated by them, but if we have the right perspective they are inspiring. :D

Kittie Howard said...

It's a rainy day here in Northern Virginia, a day that belongs to the imagination...and blank pages. Oh, how your post hit the spot. I've grown restless waiting for my smashed finger to heal enough to hit the keyboard...when I read your post, energy pulsated, that feeling to get going! Thank you!

Elaine AM Smith said...

I wrote titles on the pure pages of my new notebook - it has blank covers for art work, too. I painted a back cover - I'll get my daughter, the art-talented one, to paint the front. Like a real front cover!

Aubrie said...

Blank pages intimidate me! I had to be the first to sign a journal while attending a memorial service, and I had no idea what to write on that blank page.

B. Miller said...

I conquered some blank pages this weekend! Nice post. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Blank pages are beautiful when I'm inspired. When I open that Word document to start a new book they're totally scary!

Kelly said...

Beautiful!

Carolyn V. said...

Ohhh, I love this Shannon! I've missed reading your posts while I've been gone. =)

Tracy said...

Love it!

Christine Danek said...

I love this!

laurapauling said...

I have a hate/love affair with the blank page. :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Those pretty black letters are much more beautiful than those blank pages! ;)

beth said...

Oh, lovely!! (And just the reason why I have SOOOOO many unused journals lying around my house!)

Bish Denham said...

What a great poem! I love blank notebooks and the promise they bring of being filled with words.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I wasn't feeling well today yet I did fill some page space today. I'm pretty proud of myself.

KM said...

Such a cute poem! Another way to look at blank pages. Typically, I get all nervous when I see them because that means I haven't written anything yet. ;)

Shannon said...

Blank pages demanding precision - I know this all too well. I have desk drawers filled with new stationary that I can't bring myself to write on.

Lydia Kang said...

I revised a chapter today! I've filled my blank page for the day.

Tabitha Bird said...

Oh YES!!! Beautiful. And I am working on that blank page now!

Shelley Sly said...

Wonderful! Makes me want to write, er, find time to write.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it! Nothing quite like a clean blank journal or fresh page :)

Michelle said...

love this - hope to open a blank page soon... and make some black marks on it

Jill Kemerer said...

What a beautiful way to look at the blank page. Thanks for this.

Jill Kemerer said...

What a beautiful way to look at the blank page. Thanks for this.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

Where do you find these wonderful poems? This one painted a vivid picture for me.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jonathon Arntson said...

I type in green a lot to soothe my mind.

Jay said...

Amazing. I hardly ever appreciate poetry, and you've gone and made me.... appreciate poetry!

I've got an award for you over at my blog just because. http://jayeckert.blogspot.com/2010/04/award-athon.html

storyqueen said...

Even messy pencily letters can be good in their own way!

Write on!!

(Get it? Write on...right on...?

Long day.

Shelley

Julie Musil said...

LOVED THAT! Thanks for posting, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Patti Lacy said...

WOW! I love fresh, leather-bound journals! Have really been spoiled these last two years with Italian-made ones...

The paper DOES matter--at least to me.

Great post.
patti

Jessie Oliveros said...

That's how I used to feel everytime I opened a new journal. Now I type my journal, and it's not QUITE the same on the computer as those crisp, blank pages and sexy black ink.

ali said...

Beautiful. ♥

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, I couldn't get the comments to work last night, but I wanted to add that I would love to be a student in your class. I can only imagine the awesome quotes and thoughts that lilt around your classroom, igniting enthusiasm for the writing life in your students. Thanks for always being so generous to share with us as well.

Mary_not_Martha said...

I love this - I'm saving a copy to tape to the inside of my journal. What I love about blank pages is that they "invite" me to blab on and on - on them. A friend would grow weary of my stories but a journal finds it's purpose in my ramblings.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

The beauty of a blank page.
"The rest is still unwritten."

Great post. :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

The blank page is the most exciting thing on Earth!

L.T. Elliot said...

That's beautiful. Really...so beautiful.

Cleverly Inked said...

Love the pic to go with this post.
You work on writing Ill work on reading :)

Terresa said...

Catching up on my blogging, can you tell? (After being out of the loop nearly a week, I'm sprinting to catch up now!)

PS: I'm hosting a Spring-themed Poetry contest this week over @ my waffle house. Stop by for a gander!

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