Human Scribbles

6 Jul

Flickr Photo by tim.perdue

I never feel so humble,
or so human,
as when I toss my message-in-a-bottle
into the vast sea of words that is the Internet.

It must be something basic, human,
this need to scribble,
like long ago humans leaving messages on cave walls.

It binds me to past and future,
these thoughts I scribble and add to the volume,
like a voice to a choir,
like a glass of water to the sea,
merging into something bigger than my own small self.

I scribbled on this Sunday but lost my Internet to rain until Monday. You can visit other Sunday Scribblers here.


11 Responses to “Human Scribbles”

  1. anthonynorth July 6, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    An excellent examination of why we write. I have to agree with you.

  2. MichaelO July 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Quite write! This is a uniquely human trait, isn’t it?

  3. Richard Wells July 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Ah – yes, you’re totally on to it. It’s called, “adding to the stock of available reality.” Here’s the whole quote:

    “The art of poetry is amply distinguished from the manufacture of verse by the animating presence in the poetry of a fresh idiom; language so twisted and posed in a form that it not only expresses the matter in hand but adds to the stock of available reality.”
    R.P. Blackmur

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried July 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m really intrigued by this because I’m just the opposite. I feel unheard out here a lot of the time. But then, I write for myself first. The fact that you guys love the band as much as I do is … amazing.

  5. Charles July 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Scribbling is good.:) I like how you started this it reminded me of a childrens thing I wrote out in onomatopoeia. If you ever see anyone else do this let me know because as far as I know I’m the only one on the web who writes it, as a matter of fact I got banned from a poetry site for posting this exact post.

    That was a nightmare to format.

  6. Nara Malone July 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    @Anthony and Michael, thanks for adding your voices to my line of the song.

    @Richard I really like this quote. Thanks for posting it. Adding to reality is a favorite hobby of mine.

    @Susan I now what you mean. it’s easy to feel like you’re writing is just another way of talking to yourself. But I hear your voice out there and I like your song.

  7. David B July 7, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    I am unable to write poetry- those synapses in my brain are not wired as yours are. But I do appreciate your poems and enjoy reading them.

    Keep up the good work.

  8. shraddha July 9, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    that is awsome…

    love your style..

  9. D.F. Rucci July 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow I wasn’t expecting to read something like this. This is a really nice ‘scribble’ haha. I like it, everything seemed to tie in really well, I think the opening just about brings the whole together.

  10. Kelly Jamieson July 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    I’m late to comment on this but just wanted to say how much I relate to this feeling! Sometimes it so much feels like tossing a message in a bottle into the sea, when your words are out there but you get no response. It helps to know that even when people don’t comment, there are in fact many reading those words.

  11. naramalone July 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    @ Damian Glad you like it and thank you for pointing out the parts that you think worked well.

    @ Kelly I know what you mean. At least blogging opens a door that makes it easy to interact with readers and I really love that part. I know it’s a lot of hoops to jump through when someone does leave a comment and I appreciate every one.

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