Rommy, our host at this morning’s Poets And Storytellers United asks us to consider the koshihimo, a length of long skinny fabric that is used to secure parts of a kimono or obi, to keep one part still while dealing with another bit of fabric, or to keep things held while wearing a kimono.
When he finally finishes his
early morning journal work,
he considers going back
through his previous volumes
and numbering the pages
but —smart as he is—
he knows he can’t count that high.
He thinks about all the pens
he’s ever used, tries to calculate
how many oceans of ink he’s expended.
He imagines uncurling his cursive and
deconstructing his print, laying out
all of his penstrokes end-to-end
and seeing just how many times
the line would circle the globe,
or if maybe it would form a lifeline
stretching into space to lasso the moon
or play jump-rope with Mars.
Poets And Storytellers United
Weekly Scribble #38
~ Koshihimo ~