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The Book in the Closet

A Poem for the Busy Creatives

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
The Book in the Closet
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There's a little book in the closet,

Dusty and covered in dirt,

And no one has read it in a while

Or, indeed, knows of its existence.


Beside it lies a ballpoint pen,

Its ink is all but dry,

Well-loved and yet unused

In the years that have just gone by.


From both there is a beating,

The rhythm of life,

So quiet and yet so steady,

So faint and yet so proud.


They are both so tempting;

The beat is hypnotizing,

The book is begging to be read,

And the pen is longing for the attention

It has been deprived of in recent years.


But life is too demanding, too quick,

And too much is more pressing

Than these starved little friends;

And so the closet will remain unopened

And the book will remain unread

And the pen's ink will just dry up,

Never to be used again.


But the beating will go on,

Relentless, mysterious, and hopeful.

* * *

Poet’s Note: This piece was originally published on the blog “Medusa’s Kitchen”. You can find it at this link:

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About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

Learn more about me: thewritersscrapbin.com

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  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    Beautiful work. Love this! ☺️👍 I adore books and libraries so this was up my alley!

  • This was so relatable because yes, that beating would still go on no matter what. Loved your poem!

  • Celia in Underland5 months ago

    Beautifully done -So many pressure and just never the time. Loved this 🤍

  • Naveed 5 months ago

    This poem touched my heart. It's a beautiful tribute to the quiet treasures in our lives that often go unnoticed. Thank you for sharing this piece.

  • Matthew Fromm5 months ago

    ohh man this hit home Stephanie. on point and easy to follow, but most importantly, got me to reopen a tab I'd just closed, so thank you!

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    We are called! And called away...

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