No Street Smarts
They sit in his office
Their conversations just flow like that,
no restrictions, no boundaries.
Street smarts, book smarts, and common
sense comes up and he gets the bright
(not so good for her)
idea to write under a preset title.
Like a pirate sailing towards a
marked location, a destination.
She sits, attempts to write under his title
"No Street Smarts."
Gets nowhere except negative sad words.
Nothing seems to fit, nothing seems to work.
Unhappy with the words that spring up,
she refuses to quit.
She can't write under preset titles,
because even when she writes, hers have
no title, just words.
No meaning, nor rhythms,
she just writes in the moment.
No set course, just free.
No street smarts, she tells him,
just book smarts.
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She holds it in her hands
marveling at its weight, texture.
Wondering how it can feel so soft
and hard at the same time.
She lovingly strokes it from top
Amazed that its length and size
can hold so much inside.
How it can bring to her so many
How it can make her heart beat
a rapid titter-tatter,
How it can make her feel short of breath
or like she's getting too much air at the same time.
This is the process of each one she holds in her hands.
Wondering what this one will make her feel.
Then, she opens the cover and begins at chapter one.
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