Pen and Paper


Pen and paper help me,
For I am at a loss.
The world around me seems so hateful,
Spiteful, angry, lost, ungrateful.
Help me to convey,
The things that I can never say.

Words so often fail me.
My voice runs out of sound.
The others all can talk around me.
Their flowing words so often drown me.
Help me now to speak,
For my mouth is far too weak.

I write until it soothes me,
This soft and subtle art.
My heart heals when my feelings leak,
And bleed onto an empty sheet.
Help me to express,
My aching hurt and loneliness.

I must fold my paper,
And turn back towards the world.
I know I can run back inside,
To vent my worry, cry, and hide.
The sky is overcast.
I’ll write until the storm has passed.

© Rachel Svendsen 2014

Author: Rachel Svendsen

Rachel is a poet and writer from Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and children. Her short story "Filling the Silence" received an honorable mention in the 2019 Story Embers short story competition.

9 thoughts on “Pen and Paper”

  1. Meant to have a quick look through your blog, ended up reading about 10 pages of your poetry. I’m glad I did though! You write beautifully, I think this one is my favourite.

    Keep writing 🙂

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  2. I too write when words fail me. It is a carry over from childhood. Keep writing until the wounds heal. Keep writing until you can really smile from the Heart. Pour the words out until you run dry. Be gentle on you, and remember, this is a process, so healing is gradual. It is possible to be whole, perhaps not in the way it once was possible, but yet with a careful rearrangement of sorts within, the puzzle of you can be put back together again. Love, Amy

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      1. You are SO welcome. Many times a week, I post encouraging words, or words of inspiration, on Petals to assist those who come and who view my work, on their own Life’s Journey. I am honored you followed me, and I too followed you so we can stay in each other’s Life. I share my Wisdom I have gained in my Life, on Petals and in the comments that I leave behind the scenes. My hope is that in some way, my Life and what I share, helps YOU. Love, Amy

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