Underlined Passages

I never used to listen to music while I wrote because I thought it would be distracting, but I think I’m converted. Thanks to my new thinksound headphones, I can drown everything out, focus on the beat, listen to the lyrics, use the rhythm in my work, and open my mind to all the ideas floating around.

I wrote this very quickly, and I don’t know if I can give credit to the headphones or if I’m simply in a creative mood today. I did notice at work yesterday that I was writing a lot more while listening to music. I was listening to The Beatles while writing this. I don’t think there’s any influence in the lines, though.

I was staring at my books on the shelf and I thought about how I always take notes in them as if I’ll go back to them. The problem is that once I finish a book, I don’t open it back up for a long time unless I know there’s something that might help my own writing. I was thinking about all the notes I have and if they still mean anything.

I forget what I was reading recently, but a character opens a book his father owned and sees one underlined or circled word. His father recently passed away so he wanted to know why that word jumped out to him. I really hope I’m remembering correctly. I turned that whole idea into a poem, so I hope you enjoy or know what I’m talking about so you can tell me!

Underlined Passages

I looked through the under-
lined passages of books
on the mostly empty shelves
untouched for who knows
how long until I came along.

I tried to find meaning
where there was none
anymore, but back then,
who knows — maybe there
was something worth
remembering later on,

regardless of whether or not
he or she or I would look
again or for the first time
and spark something long lost.



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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Oam says:

    What all writes can make their lives the same over and over is much of a ghost writing.Yet you have the ability to go beyond the middle line and use all of the meaning of what any published work onto yours. Yes You know how to extract. Do try not to use the fullness, and do ask yourself “can I make this as vague for my work”. At least you can go back to that vagueness and keep working and re work it.

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    1. I’m never one for vagueness. I try to be as open as possible. I take what I can from other writers and try to make it my own whenever possible. And like you said, it’s all a process when you’re starting a new piece. Eventually we’ll all find our own voice.


      1. Oam says:

        Right on. For me I use vagueness often times, so I know i can use what mistake previously and do find what path in my innovative style.

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        1. If I were you, I’d write as much as possible without worrying about what path you want your writing to take, then cut and revise and work with what’s left. Vagueness can leave you open to misunderstanding your own thought process and intentions.


  2. something in this resonates with me. i’ll get book used sometimes and try to find the meaning that held so much meaning to the ghosts before.

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    1. For me, and most writers, reading and writing go hand in hand; you can’t do one without the other. Taking notes helps me formulate ideas. I’m really glad you found something in this post, and that you’ve found my blog. Thanks for stopping by!


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