Human Scribbles

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I never feel so humble,
or so human,
as when I toss my message-in-a-bottle
into the vast sea of words that is the Internet.

It must be something basic, human,
this need to scribble,
like long ago humans leaving messages on cave walls.

It binds me to past and future,
these thoughts I scribble and add to the volume,
like a voice to a choir,
like a glass of water to the sea,
merging into something bigger than my own small self.

I scribbled on this Sunday but lost my Internet to rain until Monday. You can visit other Sunday Scribblers here.


  1. An excellent examination of why we write. I have to agree with you.

  2. Quite write! This is a uniquely human trait, isn't it?

  3. Ah - yes, you're totally on to it. It's called, "adding to the stock of available reality." Here's the whole quote:

    "The art of poetry is amply distinguished from the manufacture of verse by the animating presence in the poetry of a fresh idiom; language so twisted and posed in a form that it not only expresses the matter in hand but adds to the stock of available reality."
    R.P. Blackmur

  4. I'm really intrigued by this because I'm just the opposite. I feel unheard out here a lot of the time. But then, I write for myself first. The fact that you guys love the band as much as I do is ... amazing.

  5. Scribbling is good.:) I like how you started this it reminded me of a childrens thing I wrote out in onomatopoeia. If you ever see anyone else do this let me know because as far as I know I'm the only one on the web who writes it, as a matter of fact I got banned from a poetry site for posting this exact post.


    That was a nightmare to format.

  6. @Anthony and Michael, thanks for adding your voices to my line of the song.

    @Richard I really like this quote. Thanks for posting it. Adding to reality is a favorite hobby of mine.

    @Susan I now what you mean. it's easy to feel like you're writing is just another way of talking to yourself. But I hear your voice out there and I like your song.

  7. I am unable to write poetry- those synapses in my brain are not wired as yours are. But I do appreciate your poems and enjoy reading them.

    Keep up the good work.

  8. that is awsome...

    love your style..

  9. Wow I wasn't expecting to read something like this. This is a really nice 'scribble' haha. I like it, everything seemed to tie in really well, I think the opening just about brings the whole together.

  10. I'm late to comment on this but just wanted to say how much I relate to this feeling! Sometimes it so much feels like tossing a message in a bottle into the sea, when your words are out there but you get no response. It helps to know that even when people don't comment, there are in fact many reading those words.

  11. @ Damian Glad you like it and thank you for pointing out the parts that you think worked well.

    @ Kelly I know what you mean. At least blogging opens a door that makes it easy to interact with readers and I really love that part. I know it's a lot of hoops to jump through when someone does leave a comment and I appreciate every one.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.