No Such Thing

At first blush
it may appear to be
regular white paper
from an unimportant source.

And really the source
is not the key.
What matters is
what the creative eye sees.

Gazing at it for a minute
or so, slowly
as if seeping up from beneath
shapes, letters, colors
begin to bleed through
for only one so inclined
to trace, color, write
so others can see.

And they’ll know:
It’s the magic of talent.
In the craftsman’s hands
there’s truly no such thing
as regular white paper.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #2, acronym switcheroo. Visit the post to see the details of this prompt. I used the first meaning to pop up, regular white paper.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

11 thoughts on “No Such Thing

  1. Thanks for saying so Matt. Don't you see all the possibilities when you look at the blank page?

  2. You know, we're told so often to fear the blank page.

    This is an uplifting post, and your right …a ream of possibilities.

    Regards

  3. The joy of the blank sheet. And the fear that one won't be able to realize its potential.

  4. Hi Doug:
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. In large part it's how we choose to see things that matters most. “a ream of possibilities” Very nice!
    Shari

  5. Hi Linda:
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. Doesn't it just make you smile to realize there are possibilities!
    Shari

  6. Hi Eryl:
    Thanks for your comment. Very nicely put. There is the joy and a tinge of intimidation too, I agree.
    Shari

  7. Hi Doug:
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. In large part it's how we choose to see things that matters most. “a ream of possibilities” Very nice!
    Shari

  8. Hi Linda:
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. Doesn't it just make you smile to realize there are possibilities!
    Shari

  9. Hi Eryl:
    Thanks for your comment. Very nicely put. There is the joy and a tinge of intimidation too, I agree.
    Shari

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