The Physics of Writing

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I wrote this last January. I think it is perhaps worth a second airing

I sit at my table, solid, present.

It’s very existence comforts.

I tap it; my knuckles resonate with it.

I push it; my fingers bend against it,

Defeated by its inertia.

My laptop sits snug on the supportive surface,

Stolidly unmoving as my fingers tap out a word.

Then another.

It’s part of the process

That gives shape to an idea.

From a solid form,

Comes a solid idea.

But my desk is a charlatan.

I cannot shift my desk but

It is full of holes.

I cannot see them

But I know they are there.

My table is more space than stuff,

Just particles waving,

A universe of matter

Held together by electrical pulses.

So we are told.

You can’t see them;

You know they are there

by how other things react to their presence.

My words shifts on the page;

Unrevealed holes

I’ve never noticed.

Holes I cannot see.

You cannot know if the words work,

Until you see

How others react to their presence.

It’s only this way that you know those little words

Are held together by something more powerful than grammar.

The hidden forces that hold ideas together

Turning words

Into a story worth telling.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to The Physics of Writing

  1. I love these lines:

    You can’t see them / You know they are there / by how other things react to their presence.

    You cannot know if the words work / Until you see / How others react to their presence.

    Brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. somemaid says:

    Your desk looks gorgeous. I currently work on the dining room table, or anywhere where I can escape my kids. I’m very jealous.
    My favourite lines were
    “The hidden forces that hold ideas together Turn words Into a story worth telling.”
    Gives me hope as I plug away at my novel.

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    • TanGental says:

      So glad it gives some inspiration; it belonged to my dad and when he died I made it into a memory desk, covering it in family photos. You’re right to plug on. It really is worth it! Hope 2015 is looking perky for you!

      Like

  3. Norah says:

    I’m pleased your sturdy holey desk supports you as you form your words into stories and poems.

    Like

  4. rogershipp says:

    The desk! Gorgeous. The line about… You cannot know if the words work,…Until you see….How others react to their presence…. Such depth f insight. I love it when people react to a certain well-chosen section of my writings. Nicely done.

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    I’m a fan of your poetry, but wow–these lines: “You cannot know if the words work, / Until you see / How others react to their presence.”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sacha Black says:

    weird – this didn’t come to my inbox. Tut. Found it now anyway – and you know I love your desk. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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