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The Book in the Closet

A Poem for the Busy Creatives

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
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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

Support my writing: Patreon

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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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