Instructions for a Favorite Pen

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Instructions for a Favorite Pen

Follow my lead—
first straight, then
hook, loop, and roll,
glide across the page
like a skater with sharp blades
on fresh ice.
Leave your mark
on my paper,
not my pocket.
Remember, I need you.
Don’t run away
in someone else’s hand.

 

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015

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