Calling Cards

Calling Cards

Across pages hundred
footprints of ideas,
worlds within, shut-in,
choked from chains of dust,
longing for fingers to touch corners
Binding torn and worn
caress each corner down
open page, set free
captive verse and

Hands reach
quench thirst
starve ignorance
whisper with the ages
share secrets with souls,
letters and inkblood
of hearts gone
to the grave.

A travel, unencumbered
by purse, light or heavy,
unable to leave quiet
friends, whispering loud
from page, these voices
of dust walkers, wisdom
spilled for any, all,
to behold– peasant,
king, and in-between.

Pages, thousands
a Transforming
from finger to hand to mind
to heart, back to hand
open, bare…
reach again.

Current landscape, changing
from words, millions–
enlighten past
enchant future
engage present.

calling cards on the shelf
an invitation, personal
the dance, royal
the conversation, great
the journey, spectacular




It may cost me some time
But not one little dime
To enter library and look
And check out a delicious book.


Linking with Magpie Tales

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16 Responses to Calling Cards

  1. Mary says:

    I like this a lot. All those worlds just waiting for us to enter!

  2. Helen says:

    How lovely …. ‘calling cards’ ….

  3. Calling cards on the shelf… absolutely beautiful! A poem filled with great truth and supreme character.

  4. gregbrown says:

    this has some wonderful and very visceral imagery. . .

  5. jinksy says:

    The not-quite-sentences made this a choppy read, but the separate lines held some interesting thoughts…

  6. I love your style of writing! These poems are beautiful and inspiring!

  7. seabell says:

    “… set free/captive verse and/thought” Really good invitation!

  8. What lovely free flowing use of our beautiful language.

  9. Anna :o] says:

    A wonderful calling card!

    Anna :o]

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  11. Mama Zen says:

    Beautifully done!

  12. leah says:

    this was a wonderful poem

  13. Kay Salady says:

    I am enthralled!

  14. “letters and inkblood” should be the title of your collection when you finally put one together. That is a great phrase.

  15. I really like this poem

    spilled for any, all,
    to behold– peasant,
    king, and in-between”

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