Night Sketching

I think I’ll quit before
I’m further behind.
I’ll leave some
despite my propensity
to fill in what should be
left to the eye.

I will try, with all my might
to let seeing supply more
than less and unless
I’m mistaken,
taking this route
is what this pen, this ink
leaves me to ponder tonight.

7 thoughts on “Night Sketching

  1. shoreacres says:

    This reminds me of my “rule of good enough.” I learned it with varnishing, but it’s true in every area of life: there’s a reality called the law of diminishing returns, and if you don’t give it its due, you’ll lose a lot of time just messing around.

    And as we know — it’s the space, the silence, the more closely-parsed word that allows the imagination to wander, and fill in the blanks with its own wisdom.

    • agjorgenson says:

      It is interesting how manual labour teaches us so many life lessons. It reminds me a bit of our conversation earlier around earth and soil. So much is to be learned from simply paying attention to what is, but we rush into what we think ought to be. I remember having an art teacher pointing to an exemplary fellow painter who spent more time looking than painting. More white than ink; more silence than words.

  2. I really like this, Allen. Is what does: even your ending is sparsely suggestive.

  3. diannegray says:

    I think more than I write, Allen. They used to call me a ‘dreamer’, but there’s a lot more writing going on in the brain than on paper most of the time 😉

  4. We do well to let seeing first supply
    our pondering.

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