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  The Desk and I
by Charles B. Neff
Monday, November 01, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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I think most writers have a special. personal and,in some cases, even slightly crazy relationship with their writing stations. John McFee was said to have attached a seatbest to his writng chair. This is how my desk (and my relationship to it) emerged when it found its way into a poem.




                            The Desk and I
It sits there, mute, though stuffed with messages.
What is it anyway – writing surface, in-box,
Filing cabinet, elbow-rester, to-do list, scold?
I know it has a voice, but when it’s bare,
Pristine-clean and ordered, I, too, am a blank.
It’s of no use to talk to it then,
As it waits to hear from me before yielding advice.
When I start writing, it’s a different matter.
The piles on it mount and the desk can speak.
What seems like clutter becomes layers of thought,
What appears random hides hidden order,
One the desk knows but won’t reveal simply.
I scrabble around, and it’s no walk in the park.
It takes time to unearth buried nuggets.
The desk demands a quid pro quo:
It will to give back to me only that
Which I have already given to it.
That is, I think, an unreasonable deal.
After all, I’m a reasonable guy.
I go through coaxing, cajoling, then begging
That slab of wood to give up its secrets.
Finally, I’ve had enough.
Stop messing around, I yell in vain.
You’re there for me to work on,
It’s no fair, your working on me!
Charles B. Neff
October 31, 2010









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Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/4/2010
Quite a personalization here!
"What seems like clutter becomes layers of thought,
What appears random hides hidden order"
This is something that I can easily relate to.


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