Your notebook
teases your words
to burst out in forms
you barely recognize,
but that you read with wonder,
admiring their speaker.

As it drags you
through caverns of memory,
desire, and imagination,
remember, it's your journey.

Words are for
honoring what was
and who has been lost,
creating new playgrounds,
love affairs,
gardens and galaxies
of truth and beauty
built on their sturdy backs.

Emerald sky awaits,
so lift off and sail.
If your trips around the sun
teach you nothing else,
learn this--
don't let the sadness
overtake you.
The light will come.
Fly before you die.

I wrote this for 100-Word Song at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog, inspired by one of my favorite songs, "See a Little Light" by Bob Mould, and also by a challenge to use the word emerald in a poem, and by seeing the movie The NeverEnding Story for the first time.


  1. Your words build up to the perfect conclusion in the final paragraph. I love how you fitted in 'emerald'.

  2. WOW, what a beautiful poem. Love the wise advice. I was blown away the first time I saw The Neverending Story - did your kids love it?

    1. they did! and i really enjoyed it, too. i liked the Rockbiter maybe the most, but the scene where the horse dies in the sadness swamp was so touching. that's what i was referring to in this piece :)

  3. Beautiful... it amazing what your notebook can contain...and where sources of inspiration will take you

  4. My mouth delights in reading your words aloud. It's like verbal cotton candy.

    1. that is a very nice thing to say, thank you :)

  5. Great message. I love the last lines

  6. This life lesson is one we all need to learn: '...don't let the sadness overtake you. The light will come...' Beautiful.

  7. I swear I thought I commented this. I've read it several times. Carrie's spot on with the mssage.

    I like the middle part where you build a tribute to words. The whole thing's a great interpetation.

    1. you're nice, lance. thanks for inviting me to play #100wordsong with you.

  8. This is really great. Beautiful words.

  9. Ohh. You carried me away here. I love this. Neverending Story is one of my favorites. Thanks for taking me on an adventure. So much here to love.

  10. :) thank you. i think i wanna watch it again!