i have this thing for things

certain things

like this cheap japanese fountain pen

and fine paper

when i bring them together

often words come and find their way here

sometimes they don’t

they are inside me somewhere

often clamoring to get out

they land on the page

but may wander away

lost in their freedom

sometimes they stay

the best ones flow

without my conscious direction

showing hidden parts of me

pressing to be revealed

when that happens

another hand guides the pen

i watch words flow onto the paper

amazed and puzzled at what they tell

9/18. LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott