October 3, 2015
I Will Work For Words
The white page begs for words. Got words? Spare words? Hey brother, can you spare a word? The white page holds a sign, scrawled in the blood of poets, asking for the moon in june, begging for a dark and stormy night, mumbles what me worry, calls and responds with call me Ishtar.
The white page is literally starving for verbs to fill the barren expanse, bereft of subject or predicate. The white page will not be satisfied with mere words, as the real craving is for something better, something bigger like a complete thought that turns into a perfect sentence, a sentence to end all sentences, a sentence that shouts to the world, I WILL WORK FOR WORDS, until word after word, the white page fills with words and is not longer blank, no longer void of meaning.
Still this is not enough for the white page.
A half page mocks the writer, whispers in his ear, taunts him with doubt. After all, anybody can draw up a list. This is not talent, it is typewriting; these are not hits, but only the shell casings of bullet points! The white page deserves a blow job of full blown romance, craves mystery, invites nods to the masters, wants originality, not secondhand words lifted from the latest bestseller. Can I get a punchline that will leave them screaming? Please don't even consider stopping here. It knows you have more to give. Just acknowledge that the page has needs too.
The writer proclaims to the page, I will spill my words upon you, and they will grow like seeds upon the ground, gathering hubris. One day, I will be known as the Johnny Appleseed of Words. Yes my words will propagate, they will fuck each other hard, spreading far and wide, pushing boundaries and pushing buttons. They will tear the buttons off the blue bloods, ripping bodices with abandon, filling the air with a gothic sickness. Single words will beget more words, until sense finally comes out from the dense undergrowth. Is it too much to dream of meaning?
Slowly the white page disappears, as the writer consumes snowy fields, drinks blood from polar bears, gives the albino a black eye spewing out an alphabetical algorhythm of avuncular albacore albatrosses actualizing an autumn abbatoir, bringing on bloody botox bell curves that burble with Bourbon, calling out corrugated crustaceans, come on my cummerbund! I create danger pay for this doggerel day. Do pardon my dense dream, darling. Excuses excuses excuses. Flogging florid folderol for feckless felons. Gets gushing over gaberdine gin gimlets, as garrulous giblets begrudge Godhead. Hurry Hurry Hurry. I- I- I. The alphabet stops at I and the writer passes out in parentheses.
In the morning, he wakes with paper in his mouth, pencil shavings and eraser rubbings like sand in his sheets. He cringes as he remembers his lost weekend of words. Then he crumples the foolscap, and reaches for his coffee and another white page.