notebooks, books, pens, paper

I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by writing and reading poetry, every day. My poetry project is grows out of a list of things that make me happy. I made this list on the 30th of March.

Today is day sixteen notebooks, books, pens, paper

Why do you need so many notebooks?

well you see,
they fill many needs

i need notebooks
to fit in certain places
purses
bags
backpacks
bedside tables
desks
cars
pockets

i need notebooks
to fill with ink
blue
black
green
violet
red
highlighted in
yellow
orange
light blue
neon green

i need notebooks
to have a certain type of paper
thick enough not to bleed through
absorbent so ink does not smear
if lined, oh so lightly

i need notebooks
to hold assorted cargo
sketches
pictures
meanders
doodles
pressed flowers
quotations
lists
remembrances

i need notebooks
to chronicle journeys of
travel
thought
memory
wonder
books
books
books

i need notebooks
to work when I
sit in a chair
or at a desk
lay on my bed
or on a towel at the beach

i need notebooks
to meet certain criteria
the thickness of the paper
the way it opens and shuts
and feels in my hands

i need notebooks
to keep track of what
could
should
must
be done

i need notebooks
to mark moments
what was done
thought
said
felt

day 16, national poetry month, 2021


One thought on “notebooks, books, pens, paper

  1. I love using paper and pens even in an age of using technology. Technology is great, but you capture the need to write things down physically still. I am the same way! Great poem.

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