“Ode to a New Black BallPoint Pen,” by Eric Robert Nolan

Black liquid silk, bleed out
from onyx talon-tip:

Like spilled obsidian liquor
indelibly defacing lace,
like a gleaming needle leaves
glissading sable scars of curling script,
let slip the sliding
black racer snakes to trace the page.

(c) Eric Robert Nolan 2020



Photo credit: By George Shuklin – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2209695

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