Winter Prompts #7: Gear I Can’t Live Without

GEAR I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Winter Prompt #7

It’s six a.m., an easy time to answer.

This pen—silver, with a gold arrow clip,

a gold nib. My real godmother (not

my official one) gave it to me.

It was her mother’s. I cannot

write in my notebook without it.

 

This coffee mug—the blue one,

made by a local potter whose name

I keep forgetting. Jim somebody?

It’s pear-shaped, textured,

with a pattern around the top,

an underglaze and interior

of honey-color. I can fit all

of my big fingers through the handle,

and either hold the handle itself

or wrap my hand around the cup.

 

A notebook—this one is spiral bound.

And unlined. Always, always unlined.

There’s something about lines on pages—

perhaps it has to do with school,

with blue-books. But lines on pages,

like ball-point pens and cups

with delicate handles, tighten my hands,

pinch my nerve, keep me in.

2 comments on “Winter Prompts #7: Gear I Can’t Live Without

  1. Abrah says:

    Oh this is lovely, and what a great prompt. I think it may prompt some art, too.

  2. Christine Moore says:

    tighten my hands, pinch my nerve, keep me in.

    Great rhythm. Love the words.

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