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Grab Life by the Pen


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Editors Note: To start the new year, we're offering something new -- a poem by Santa Cruz Wire reader William Marzolla. We hope it inspires you to pick up a pen, a paintbrush, or guitar, and try something new in 2011.
 By William Marzolla -  Special to
Scratch at white with my pen,
      push pigment onto paper,
         push meaning into ink.
Rusty fingers, formerly deft,
smear creations across the page.
Please hands, let's discover the universe again.
Please hands, let's gossip about the sniveling heart,
      or the socially awkward brain.
Let's tell secrets like we used to
      or make up new ones if we have to.
Grab life by the pen
      and plunge the blacks and blues
      where the paper is most vulnerable.
Touch and be touched.
Feel and be felt.
Slough off years of work-worn calluses
and let yourselves be sensitized to the poetry in every pen,
      on every writing surface.
William Marzolla is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelors degree in Intensive Literature. He works full time at a local gym and is studying to become an NASM certified personal trainer. Regardless of his current occupation, William is and will always be a writer, as his brain will always involuntarily attempt to interpret and translate the world into poetry.