Thought Inkling

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Smoke slithers along the window-edge,
Like vaporous snakes;
Half alive in the pale light.
A feeling like cricket legs
Twitches at the corner of my eyes.

I’ve got a cigarette clenched
Between my teeth
Notes in blue pen
Scrawled on my hand;
The taut skin of my palm;
My own portable notepad.

Time to shut the windows
Turn off my phone
And go inside my head.
Close my eyes;
Let the silver curls of smoke
Drift in and out of the rafters
Like tiny vaporous cloths,
Making the tiniest whisper
In the warm dark air.

The smoke comes out to drift
And mingle with the clouds
Of steam made by my breath.
So that I am like a dragon puffing steam
And there is
Not even
The whisper of a shadow.


more by Lëaf Ednïwinga

photograph by Me Cup / Fabien Barral


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Lëaf Ednïwinga

Artist, dreamer, coffee addict, vagabond traveler and world's most creative adrenaline junkie. I'm in love with poetry & dream to spend my days writing Steampunk fantasy, drinking tea & drawing what butterfly wings look like under a microscope. I have always been most drawn to writing about legends, whether that's retelling them or completely re-imagining them, because there is so much mystery and potential there. I believe that the most inspiration comes from our darkest days, not the ones where we are happiest, because if we are happy, we don't have much to write about. A few years ago, I spent over 9 months in Karaganda, Kazakhstan where I taught EFL during the day and wrote poetry by night. During that time I was at a really fragile point in my life, so writing was really my only escape. I wrote over 200 poems during my time there, which sparked my love of the genre. I don't follow any particular type of poetry or rules, I just write what feels right, sometimes all rhyming, sometimes only partially or internally rhyming, and sometimes not rhyming at all. Besides reading other authors' poetry, I am most inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's and Grimm's Fairytales, and well-written modern fantasies. I like a style that is reminiscent of Tolkien as well as fantasies that borrow a lot of material from preexisting fairy tales, folk legends and mythology. My writing strengths, as told to me by those who have read my work, are a great talent for visual description, especially in my poetry, for example, putting words together that conjure up vivid imagery in people's minds. I like to call that "word-art." I write about people's emotions, I describe feelings that they know very well but can't put into words, and that is why my writing is personal and easy to identify with. One by one, the poems come down From their flight on high Like so many wild, winging birds And alight on my paper, mine at last. To get chapters of my NEW Fantasy series Raven delivered to your inbox every Friday, visit Raven's webpage & enter your email address in the form! Besides weekly chapter of Raven you'll also get: ~Exclusive Freebies, giveaways, discounts, gift cards, prizes, special offer, event tickets, and more!

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  1. michelle morlan says:

    So very interesting! Love the feeling you get from it, going into your own thoughts and just feeling the whispers.

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