And She Wrote

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She cracked the spine

and reflected upon

its glaring whiteness

with accelerated pulse,

intruder in paradise.


Frowning, she discarded

several nibs, stuttering

chicken scratch on

hotel stationery before

selecting an instrument

suited to her purpose,

ink which swelled

like forever tides on a shore

of sea-spun glass.


Pen paused over paper,

footfall unwilling to mar

the perfection of powdered sugar,

undisturbed beach

sweet in its virginal rest.


But her story begged,


dictated an ending –

and she began in a tremble

to add the denouement


with strokes grown firm

as words poured, splashed,

filled page

after page

after page,

deliberately crossed t’s

and dotted i’s lapping,

emboldened tidal waves,


and plots and twists

painting her legacy

on sandy canvas.


And still she wrote,

late into the night,

knowing that every error

could be edited out,

every encounter

re-worked to melt

seamlessly, sunset into sea,

a story only she

could write.


And she wrote.







12 comments on “And She Wrote

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    May she be able to continue to write for a long, long time to come!

  2. the gift you have for spinning metaphors and allegorical reading feasts should never have a want for paper and pen! You always possess the heart!

  3. Gallivanta says:

    And so she does! But I haven’t ever been brave enough to crack the spine of a book ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • melodylowes says:

      I haven’t either – I’ll have to do it with ‘her’ metaphorically, I suppose – I always try to keep my books looking as new as possible, to tell the truth. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Caddo says:

    WOWZA! Yes, may we Daughters write with wild abandon this year–exorcize the lingering bad and let HIM spin the rest to silver and gold for HIS glory.

    • melodylowes says:

      The ending is already written as a complete heroic overthrow of all that is evil – so I wonder what the middle should look like?? Here’s to picking up the pen…

  5. You have such a vivid imagination and are never sort of inspiration. This was a lovely change, and perhaps one we can all relate to.

    • melodylowes says:

      I need reminders that the story I am writing is one I have some influence over – I have choices. May we all write into this new year things we can look back on with pride and dignity!

  6. Oh – and her writing is so alive and captivating!

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