The passionate pen

parades across an empty page

leaving lines of a life

that will last for an age.


We pause and wonder,

with innocent guise,

just what is going on

behind those calculating eyes.


As the nib scars the surface

of the delicate leaf,

ink leaves a legacy

of time so fragile; so brief.


For beneath heavy lids

lie eyes that deceive,

leaving scars on the flesh

and a heart lost in grief.




Written by Darren Scanlon, 12th January 2016.

Revised by Darren Scanlon, 4th Feb 2017.

© 2017 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    This is why I’m nominating you! Thank you for your inspiration!


    1. Aww thanks Laura, I appreciate the sentiment so much, you are too kind.

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  2. smithaw50 says:

    Deep and reverent for the craft, with a lonely tone, also inherent in this craft. Excellent, my friend.

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    1. Cheers Alfred. 🙂🙃


  3. gauravbarot says:


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  4. Thank goodness for Paper… Beautifully penned thoughts dear Darren..

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    1. Indeed. Don’t know where I’d be without it. Thanks Sue.

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      1. Me either Darren… especially those thoughts that come in the middle of the night… If not captured on paper they would be gone forever.. 🙂

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      2. Yep, me too, always have a pen and pad handy so I can instantly make notes when I have a ‘moment of clarity’.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Definitely something to ponder.

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  6. joylennick says:

    Oh, they are so much more than words on paper…Thanks, Darren.

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  7. Rita says:

    Love this so very much!

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      1. Rita says:

        My pleasure

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  8. Poli Impelli says:

    “Sometimes only paper will listen to you”. I was wondering… Isn´t it one of the reasons of writing? 😉
    Thanks, as always!

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    1. You may be right, Poli. Thank you. 🙂🙃

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