Creative Work

If you hear a voice within you saying: You are no painter, then paint by all means, lad, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.  ~Van Gogh

If someone thinks writers are crazy when they writing, he or she should see them when they’re not.  ~Hilda Downer

April is National Poetry Month, and I have subscribed to a Poem-A-Day during the month of April from the Academy of American Poets. I have hardly written any poetry in years, but I still yearn to do so. I am finding the Poem-A-Day a sort of lifeline to my creative self!

No writing, yet, mind you…but I feel that the stage is being set. Daily life has intruded for far too long. Too much busyness over the last few months–work, a heavy travel schedule, and two simultaneous post-graduate classes. But today, I am going to stop and see the mist hanging between the hills, the red-bellied woodpecker at the suet feeder, the graceful redbud branches heavy with blossoms. I am going to stop and hear the gentle rain, feel the cool, heavy air, and smell the cheerful hyacinths in their barrel.

Poetry is, after all, rooted in mindfulness. “No ideas but in things,” said William Carlos Williams. And saxifrage can split the rocks.

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5 Responses to Creative Work

  1. leafless says:

    Much like you, I haven’t written any poetry for years. Maybe I can rediscover it somehow. I’ll follow your lead. 🙂

  2. donna says:

    Um, you DID just write a poem, my dear….

    Daily life has intruded
    for far too long.
    Too much busyness…
    But today,

    I am going to stop
    and see the mist hanging between the hills,
    the red-bellied woodpecker at the suet feeder,
    the graceful redbud branches heavy with blossoms.

    I am going to stop
    and hear the gentle rain,
    feel the cool, heavy air,
    and smell the cheerful hyacinths in their barrel.

  3. quotesqueen says:

    Bless you Donna! 🙂 Thanks for visiting, leafless.

  4. I LOVE the poem Donna unearthed for you! I also have a book suggestion for you, in honor of your poetry craving… it’s called “poemcrazy” by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge.

  5. quotesqueen says:

    Thanks, dragonfly, I’ll check that one out (literally–I am a librarian, after all)!

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