Some pens are better than others.
it’s true that not all writing utensils
are created equal.
Some pens are smooth, and flow
across the page, putting ideas on
paper in the most beautiful way
any pen could.
Other pens are scratchy,
forcing a writer to frustratedly
scribble on a separate page,
begging them to work.
They collect their ink in droplets
on the other side of their tips and
let it fall onto your writing.
a glob in the middle of your poem,
a splotch on your otherwise
it’s a blemish in your notebook,
an unbearable imperfection.
such pens must be stopped.