Annette Aitken

Gold Star - 23,212 Points (1964 / Dublin)

Paper Never Refuses Ink - Poem by Annette Aitken

Paper Never Refuses Ink

I'm sat here in the garden armed
with paper and pen
The heat of the sun it burns my skin,
with pen, in hand, I try to begin
eyes unfocused from the glaring sun
reflecting heat rays that can burn.

Senselessly the letters flow
down onto paper words will grow
Ink escapes like little ants
make unsuspecting letters dance
then words again begin to flow
make something good for us to read or
meaningful words that flow with ease.

It's not the length of time it takes
if words are right or out of place
or if their good or even bad,
they make you happy, and also sad
as long as words continue to flow
Unless the ink runs out, of course.

There is one rule of thumb to think.

That's, ' Paper never refuses ink '.

Topic(s) of this poem: inkheart

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A person once said this fleeting comment' paper never refuses ink' and thought that was good inspiration to write this. Tribute to Philip Mc Mahon.

Comments about Paper Never Refuses Ink by Annette Aitken

  • Stuart Munro (2/21/2017 7:29:00 AM)


    really nice poem, , what a gift you have as a writer, Annette, , , , ink escapes like little ants, , , I like that line and making unsuspecting letters dance, , , , (Report) Reply

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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (12/10/2016 11:46:00 PM)

    Poet's art
    Paper, ink, thoughts that flow down through the pen to the paper, brain working alt through. very nice depiction of a poet's art. thank you dear Annette (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/4/2016 11:12:00 PM)


    hey! i wasn't done!

    My Paper Refuses Ink A N D Ants! … [ Inspired by Annette Aitken’s “Paper Never Refuses Ink”; short; silly? ]

    WHO said “paper never refuses ink”? !
    ‘My Paper’ hates both; thinks ink does stink!
    [Ants too. Squish one, and smell what’s left of them! ]

    So I never, EVER force ink on my paper,
    no matter what sort of poetic-caper ….
    I’m feeling like writing.

    Instead I use a number 2 pencil (like in first grade) .
    AND it’s easier to erase the mistakes I’ve made! !

    (December 4, 2016)

    Thanks for the idea, Annette.

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (12/4/2016 10:49:00 PM)


    favorite lines (so far) :

    Ink escapes like little ants
    make unsuspecting letters dance.............nice image and nice rhyme! but if my wife saw you 'writing ants', she would slam her hand down on the poor little letters!
    (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (11/14/2016 10:08:00 PM)


    I am again visiting the poem s the title is so catchy for a poet not to read.Paper and ink are so closely related.Either of them has no meaning without the other.Emotion to poem is like ink to paper.Without emotion flowing no poem can be written.Thank you Annete Aitken for sharing this beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2016 10:19:00 PM)


    A wonderful poem with beautiful images came out of a fleeting comment. Congratulations for poem of the day selection. (Report) Reply

  • B.m. Biswas (10/1/2016 8:42:00 PM)

    congratulations
    there is an old saying in Bengali (a state in India or in Bangladesh) ...

    kali kalam man
    lekhe tin jan.


    kali=ink...kalam=pen...lekhe=write.....tin jan=three person..


    you say this.....when pen and mind decide the paper becomes only a pray to them passively.....

    anyway simply great...ant imagery is fitting.....

    thanks...
    (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (10/1/2016 3:05:00 PM)


    Motivational write.....nicely penned! (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2016 11:24:00 AM)

    INK, PEN AND PAPER
    The relation-very peculiar relation between ink, pen and paper, completely ignoring what the communion presents, is really intriguing. And the outcome of the union, again, is worth deeper ponder! Fantastic poem.No wonder it got selected poem of the day.10+ (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2016 10:16:00 AM)


    A beautifully envisioned meaningful poem displaying equally beautiful flight of imagery. Congrats for inking it as also on it's selection as poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/1/2016 9:50:00 AM)

    Art of writing
    Senselessly the letters flow
    down on to paper words will grow
    Ink escapes like little ants
    make unsuspecting letters dance
    then words again begin to flow
    Nice work. Thanks for the sharing.
    10 for it.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (10/1/2016 8:39:00 AM)


    Congratulations for Poem of the Day.When poem resides in heart, words flow and paper can not refuse ink.Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (10/1/2016 7:14:00 AM)

    Congratulations
    Indeed there is always more to say. Congratulations on poem of the day. You deserve it. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/1/2016 6:51:00 AM)


    Captivating and simply beautiful Annette. Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Annette Aitken (10/1/2016 5:54:00 AM)


    Thank you all for your kind words....Annette (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/1/2016 5:41:00 AM)

    Paper is for pen
    THERE IS UNSEEN LOVE between paper and pen. Words continue to flow here. Paper loves ink of pen to hold with emotion. Paper never refuses it. What an interesting poem this is really. This is very pleasing and touching.10 (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/1/2016 3:40:00 AM)

    Awesome poem with Nice picture
    I enjoyed your poem, Congrats for the honours of POTD.... (Report) Reply

  • Naima Ansari (10/1/2016 3:38:00 AM)


    Fantabulous lines.So beautifully flowing just as an ink does.A reflective poem. (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2016 1:56:00 AM)


    Good title and I like it..The flow of the poem is encouraging the readers to finish reading the poem to find out what the real meaning of this work is..Beautiful..Congratulations, Annette Aitken.. (Report) Reply

    Annette Aitken Annette Aitken (10/1/2016 2:54:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for you lovely words VS much appriecated

  • Annette Aitken (10/1/2016 1:17:00 AM)


    OMG is it Kim...? Thank you my friend . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 15, 2016


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