Few people probably agonize as much as I do (at times) about what words will follow that blinking cursor on the screen. How should I reply to that text? How should I phrase this email? Should I even write anything at all? Usually, we don’t take the time to think before we reply. I know I’ve reaped the whirlwind for replying too quickly, too sharply, unlovingly, without thought. So just the other morning, I scribbled “the blinking cursor” into my pocket Moleskine journal, gift from my five-year-old this Christmas. On arriving at work, I added “the turn signal” but dropped that line (a side thought about how we are driven by things that blink) when I realized that the lines which followed basically made a haiku. The essential philosophy of haiku is “the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment” (Haiku, Academy of American Poets). Though I lack the colorful images and tie to nature, it felt like I was being invited into a moment of enlightenment, and an opportunity to pause, to be quiet, and then reply.

reply – vincent h. anastasi

the blinking cursor:
weighty pregnant emptiness
awaiting input

Published by thedeepened

I am a lover of words - the way they sing together in neat or sprawling lines upon the page, conducted by the great wordsmiths of all time. The way a sudden turn of phrase or surprising combination of sounds resonates with the deep within me, causing pause: moments of reflection and appreciation that transcend the superficial babblings and paltry visions of the infantile. Here at the deepening ground, it is my intent to make time and space for the reflection, appreciation, and creative imaginings that sustain the human soul.

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