Wednesday Writing Inspo – You Will Write

I’m reading “Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives” edited by Patricia Bell-Scott and Juanita Johnson-Bailey. It is providing a wealth of inspiration for me. I want to share a featured poem in the book written by Ruth Forman to any of you that are on this voice finding/writing journey with me:

If you lose your pen

and all you find is a broken pencil on the floor

and the pencil has no sharpener

and the sharpener is in the store

and your pocket has no money

and if you look again

and all you find is a black Bic

and the Bic you need is green

and if it appears beneath the mattress of your couch

but the couch is dirty and you suddenly want to clean beneath the pillows

but you have no vacuum and the vacuum is in the store

and your pocket has no money

it is not your pen you are looking for

it is your tongue and those who speak with it

your grandmothers and doves and ebony spiders

hovering the corners of your throat

it is your tongue

and if you cannot find your tongue

do not go looking for the cat

you know you will not find her

she is in the neighbor’s kitchen eating Friskies

she is in the neighbor’s yard making love

if you cannot find your tongue do not look for it

for you are so busy looking it cannot find you

the doves are getting dizzy and your grandmothers annoyed

be still and let them fin you

they will come when they are ready

and when they are

it will not matter if your pockets are empty

if you write with a green Bic or a black Bic

or the blood of your finger

you will write

you will write

you will write

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