Waves of emotion
Threaten to pull me under
Gasping for air
Trying not to drown
Grabbing a life line
To stay afloat
So far so good
Can see the shore
Hoping to make it
Rough water ahead
A lighthouse beacon
Shows the way
To calmer water
This poem began as a Facebook comment on September 22, 2011, when these words tumbled out of me at 6:30 in the morning in response to a photograph of a "handwritten" poem by the same name. The photographed poem wasn't actual handwriting though, but the Digital Magic of an app.
I prefaced the word of my poem with a question, "Is this an app? Gotta admit I love the look of handwriting on notebook paper even if it's created inside a computer."
He wrote, "Hang in there, Janean…and breathe!"
That was the first time, of many, that I've been reminded to breathe in recent weeks.
I responded, "Yes. I'm breathing through it… Getting there… One day at a time was the advise my sister reminded me of. Part of me wants to fast forward and part of me wants to just pause right here. Apps. Tablets. One touch posting. Way cool. I'll most likely post this at My Way Too Quiet Lately Turquoise Tangles Blog. It would be cool to see it on virtual notebook paper."
He added, "Whatever I write I can post anywhere I want with the touch of a button. I could digitally write it on paper and send it to ya! Then you could post anywhere you want."
I replied, "I'm smiling because I could just as easily write it on paper myself with a pen and paper and take a picture and upload it. Oh. The things we do in this Digital World we live in. Then it'd even be in my actual handwriting. Thank you though. For the offer and the grin. It is a cool ap. Takes the sameness out of Facebook posts and catches your eye and softens the typed word somewhat with good old fashioned HANDwriting. *sort of*"
This snippet of conversation explains why the photo illustrating my words is my own handwriting, on actual paper, with the turquoise pen I wrote it with.
© 2011 Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles
Inspired By "Fighting to Float"