The Pen’s Lament by Deepthy

Close up of a metal nib of an ink pen writing words on a lined paper
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With every word I pen down, I see how your innate melody distorts them to fall in line with the tune, you were born with. In all its splendour and glory, I see your music seeping into the hearts of the grieved and happy. The music whose essence I create. As I write and scratch off words, I see you in the distance, giddy with the impatience of not being called sooner. I see you held prisoner at the threshold of the paper that shelters your would-be lyrics while I struggle to find that perfect word that sends pangs of warmth and sorrow flying to every listener, kind enough to lend you their ears.

My heart grieves with every syllable I give birth to on this magical night, knowing they won’t be mine, after you enslave them to your tantalizing beauty of rhythm. I can feel myself running out of ink while my metal nib continues to write and scratch words over and over. Oh, how I wish I could make them sing for me like you will.

Through parchment after parchment, you sit and watch as I grow wearier and wearier exhausting myself to hunt for that perfect word we both know doesn’t exist yet. Word after word, syllable after syllable, period after period; oh how we toil through the moonlit night! I’m at the last verse now and I hear your heart flutter with the joy of completion as I admire my handiwork.

I find myself letting out a long, sad sigh of relief as I put that period at the end of the last word of the final verse. I survey my piece of work and watch as you soar into the words, breathing life into every nook and corner of every word. I take my place on the chipped wooden box reserved for me and listen as you’re sung, every word falling into a place of its own. I listen as the music drifts and drips down my soul, seeping into my heart and enslaving my mind forevermore.

My soul twirls to the rhythm of the song, you make the skies sing tonight. Oh, dear song, how I wish I could write you all over again.

-DEEPTHY

Deepthy is an Indian teen with a keen love for all forms of art and Science. She enjoys writing poetry, short prose, and creative non-fiction at her blog, Random Specific Thoughts.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Flesch says:

    What beautiful prose, Deepthy. Wonderful imagery, deep feelings, which all resonate in the heart. Just lovely.

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    1. Deepthy says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome! My pleasure.

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  2. Terveen Gill says:

    Deepthy’s creative take on a pen and its writing journey is refreshing and beautiful. It is rightly said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Words never come easy and their significance can often uplift or ruin. It depends upon the writer, the reader, and the intent. But here a lovely song is in the making. May its soulful rhythm touch the hearts of many just as this piece has touched mine.
    Congratulations Deepthy!

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    1. Deepthy says:

      Thank you so much! That’s a beautiful thought and I’m so grateful I got to share this.

      Like

  3. Such beauty in the imagery. The words, soulful and touching. Beautiful writing.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Deepthy says:

      So glad you liked it! Thank you so much for reading!

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    1. Deepthy says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. elcieloyelinfierno says:

    Wonderful and more than excellent entry! The feelings spill onto the paper as compulsively flowing to find harmony and joy in a full state. Shiny!! A cordial greeting.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Deepthy says:

      Aw thank you very much! That’s so kind of you to say! Best wishes!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elcieloyelinfierno says:

        You reserve it, without a donut. A warm gretting.

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        1. Deepthy says:

          So kind of you to say! Cheers!

          Liked by 1 person

  5. Deepthy good writing. It touches the soul. Loved it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Deepthy says:

      Thank you so much! Glad to hear that!

      Like

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Lovely piece and I know that feeling. You expressed it so beautifully. Lovely to meet you here. Hugs, Joni

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    1. Deepthy says:

      Thank you so much! Aw I’m glad you could relate!
      So happy to meet you too!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure and I certainly could. Nice to meet you too. Hugs Joni 🤗❤️💕

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  7. elcieloyelinfierno says:

    You do not have to! You deserve it … Cheers

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