Paper Voices by Mike Williams 11/12/2016 @ 12:07 A.M.
I scrawl upon the blank page,
Words that wink and find their prink,
And lose them all from their cage.
Command the silence to speak,
Then give my thoughts flight with wings,
To pluck the barb from life’s pique,
As I write numerous things.
Trope becomes the antidote,
Metaphor a medicine,
To fill up the page with hope,
And say to the world listen.
Moved am I by my muses,
They rob me of my choices,
But despite their abuses,
I give them paper voices.
Image: Music and Literature – William Michael Harnett – 1878
92 words, 16 lines, and 4 stanzas.
For contest https://allpoetry.com/contest/2676124-Metaphor-me-DiZzY
Metaphorical use of the word ‘prink’ in the dialectal sense of to a wink [at life’s troubles and circumstances and dress them up through written expression.]
Spend time making minor adjustments to one’s appearance:
‘women were prinking themselves in front of the looking glass’
Origin and Etymology:
(obsolete or dialectal) to give a wink; to wink.
From Middle English prinken (“to wink, signal with the eye”), from prinke, prinche (“a wink, twinkling of the eye, momentary gesture”), from Old English princ (“a wink”).
First Known Use: 1576. probably alteration of archaic prank ‘dress or adorn in a showy manner’; related to Middle Low German prank pomp, Dutch pronk finery.