Poem 20151120b

I’m going to say thank you to Doug at his terrific blog Elusive Trope for nominating me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.

How the challenge works: I nominate three others to also embrace this challenge and, on three consecutive days, to provide a quote along with your take on it. As far as I can see, that take can be a post (like this one will be), or a poem, or a photo. Hey, how about a song, or spoken word?

It’s Day Two. I’m not adding new nomination, but here are the nominees from Day One. Please check out their blogs:

Optional Poetry
Poet Rummager
Linton’s Legacy

Always do what you are afraid to do.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

the pen weighs heavy
in the hand
perhaps a ton or more
and there’s no way
a normal human being
can lift it
or draw it across the page
and leave a mark
that others will interpret

–or worse, a mark all too
easily dismissed
and ignored

but the words will out
like antlers springing forth
from the velveted head of a deer
single roots that branch and twist
or athena from zeus’ forehead
fully formed, armored, and armed

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