The Sound of One Pen Writing


The sound of a pen?

We all know that pens make no sound when they are slip across paper, doing so well what they were designed to do — that is, of course unless it is a hard felt-tip pen, or better yet, a quill. Yes, a quill.

While I do possess a few dip-pens, they are hardly used, but I do dip occasionally. In my world, quill-pens are like UFOs — I have never seen one except in pictures (and videos). You might wonder where this is going…

Well, as I have said before, I still like to write, and compose my writing, with pen and paper — but this activity (the writing with a pen part) will not be addressed here. What I would address is the composing part – the composition part.

Many would define “composition” as something that implies a finished product, such as, “What a beautiful composition!” I must use the term here a little differently, as something of a work in progress, something in the present moment, something I am composing right now.

“What are you up to, Pete?”

“I’m in composition right now!”

Meaning — I’m trying to figure out what this thing is made of (or what it is, or will be composed of) that I am currently writing. Something must always be said — it must have a point, they say. Well, they would also say the point must be considered the passenger, that which is carried by the composition – that being the vehicle.

I would beg to differ again. Is it the destination that is important, or is it the journey? Is it the point, or is it the composition?

“So what is the point, Pete?” you are asking (Yes, once again and parenthetically, I can hear you).

The point is this…

We really must loosen up our definitions if we want to be free.

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4 Responses to “The Sound of One Pen Writing”

  1. verewig Says:

    Hi Pete

    I also still enjoy pen and paper. I use it when I want to tap deeply. I always write poetry first on paper; poetry seems to just flow on paper.

    “We really must loosen up our definitions if we want to be free.” Indeed! Is it the finished art work that is important to the artist or is it the process? When the focus shifts from the final art work to the process of revealing, it becomes alchemy. It is not what you find in the dark that is important, it is how the darkness changes you that is important.

    I am pleased to find your writings we share a common focus.

    May the light of peace bless the earth,
    Sophia

    • Pete Madstone Says:

      Totally alchemical. The old practicioners were always focused on the process, and not the gold in the pocket, but the purity of the product was an indication, a barometer of sorts, of the efficacy of the process itself – so all things are connected somehow….

      Darkness, sweet darkness,
      Thrill me, Correct me,
      Surprise me and show me who I am.

      Light, Shadows and Blessings to you, Sophia

  2. siderealview Says:

    Dictionary of etymology gives – compose
    late 15c., from O.Fr. composer “put together, arrange” (12c.), from com- “with” + poser “to place,” from L.L. pausare “to cease, lay down,” ultimately from L. ponere “to put, place” (see position). Meaning infl. in O.Fr. by componere (see composite). Musical sense is from 1590s.

    But I like three other contexts better (since you brought up the concept of process, alchemy, and freedom during the journey): in the old newspaper world, the guy who put the lead letters in the typeset machine was a compositor, yet he was composing; and the musician is constantly composing, even after he has finished the composition; the third – truly zen, like your solitary pen, I think – is the one where we compose ourselves, i.e. become still, focus within, bring our mind to a place of repose…

    … love the play on words – you are good at this, Pete. Thanks for allowing the mind freedom to ramble

    • Pete Madstone Says:

      Great additions, M – I forgot about the compositor, I kearned (oops, learned) that back in high school print shop. This composition thing IS a lifefong journey.

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