Moleskine Musings: Pen

I got a Moleskine journal for Christmas.  It’s purpose is to be a portable idea bank for new articles, blog posts, books, and anything that comes to mind.  “Moleskine Musings”  will feature various things I jot down in my journal.  Hopefully you’ll find some helpful.

I recently read a blog post about helpful writing exercises to keep your mind sharp.  One of them is called “Word Association.”  You pick a word, then jot down as many words as possible that can be associated with your original word.  Next, you chose your favorites and then write a poem about the word without actually using the word.  Here’s my first stab at it.

The word:  PEN

Associated words:
writing, stories, grocery lists, notes, journal, weapon, expression, paper, poems, magnum opus, notebook, lists, ink, letters, thoughts, signatures, ideas, lyrics, screenplays, ideas, retention, expression, articles, books, “the pen is mightier than the sword” (yeah, I know, it uses the word “pen”), feelings, anger, love, regret, guilt, pain, ecstasy, fired (as in pink slip), revolution, change, words, brainstorming, old-school, reading, ball point, gel, broad tip, medium tip, fine tip.

The poem (I chose ten associated words–and I used the word… but it’s part of a famous phrase, so give a break):


Whoever wrote “the pen is mightier than the sword”
waxed prophetic.

Ink shed on paper
bred books, letters, songs.
This ancient communication
incarnated love and revolution
and everything in between.

Quill to scroll, ballpoint to ledger, a weapon of
mass expression.


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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2 Responses to Moleskine Musings: Pen

  1. Greg Coverdale says:

    I like the “weapon of mass expression” line.

    • Aaron says:

      Thank you, kind sir.

      Back in my day (I sound like Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused”) at RBC, some of us would use this new technology called “Instant Messenger” (geez, I’m old) and write really stupid off the cuff poems to each other. Ridiculous.

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