Day 24: Ideal Writing Spaces

It may be that in
the kitchen between
stirring pots, I’m switched on,
clear, open to the
alternate perspective of
slow rolling bubbles in
a very garlicky tomato sauce,
along with the heady imagery
that aroma engages.

It may be, on the
random stairwell landing
I’m attuned to an
imagined soul bereft of
all hope, who took
the ultimate leap.
Only to realize too far out
and below the rail, that
things really could get better
especially now you see, it’s
too short a fall to end it all,
and easily to long not to break.

It may be that in a dark room
lights erased by bad weather
the howling gale force winds
dictate and I must put pen to paper
by dim flashlight
to record the words coming to me.

You may think these are not
all great writing spaces,
but I’ve come to know
the powers that be
are much brighter than me
and knew all along
it never matters.

I could be on a bus
with a pen and an empty hand,
only skin to capture fodder
and that would become
an ideal writing space. I learned
it never does matter
where and when I am.
What sets the location is
the Self I bring to the table,
since the perfect
writing spaces are in me
and rely on my mind
to create them,
to call them into existence.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 24 prompt: Write a ‘spaces’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

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!

2 thoughts on “Day 24: Ideal Writing Spaces

  1. Spot on! I’ve written poetry on buses/trains/aircraft/ferries/in bed/in the bath/ while watching TV/cooking dinner ad infinitum. What matters is space in the notebook, and the poetry place in the mind.

  2. Yes! You know! “Ad infinitum,” indeed. They come where they will and we are fortunate when we are ready to catch them.

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