Poetic Genie Out of the Bottle

I heard a little jiggle,

a rattle at the door,

A whisper and a giggle:

“Come play with me once more!”


I’ve been so busy leading

an unpoetic life,

so practical, yet needing

some whimsy ‘midst the strife.


The battles of adulthood

(relentless ‘gainst the soul!)

suppress the best of childhood,

and that can take its toll.


The joyful genie called me

to see the world anew,

and not deem as frivolous

a less prosaic view.


And so I let my muse free,

(a most courageous act!)

because it has a tendency

to engross and distract.


© 2013


Not a box

That’s us. We still have one really big box the kids (ages 14 & 17) want me to keep. It has still further uses (bunny hideout, pigeon palace, cat castle, a place to “chill,” cooler than a tent, and so on.

Creativity Under Pressure

Excellent – for me to say more would feel like gilding the lily.

Ross Gale is a writer and editor from the Pacific Northwest.

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Accepting the “Creative” challenge…

RCGale (http://rcgale.com/) has put out a challenge asking people to share what gives them the courage to create, our doubts, and how we find our first word. Challenge accepted, but based on what I sometimes read on the internet and blogosphere I suspect that my response will not be something with which very many can relate, but no matter, you asked. The real challenge will be to write about myself since I prefer writing about ideas, but here goes.

Am I a truly a Creative? I wonder… I write because I am a writer, a “teacher,” a sharer of insights, ideas and information – I am a Wordsmith. It takes no courage for me to write in the same way it takes no courage for a bird to fly – it is the outpouring of who I am, with no tinge of arrogance or indifference. So if I do not wrestle in this way, do I even qualify?

It is gratifying when others appreciate my offerings, but lacking a huge following causes no sense of doubt, fear or angst because being just another voice in a big world is a fact of life, and I have done my best. I don’t write to be validated. I am not seeking to impress or offend, receive accolades or awards and, since I am not paid to write, I cannot be fired – I am free! Agree or disagree, follow or ignore, I continue sharing what cries at the door of my soul to be let out, be it practical, thought-provoking, humorous or profound.

It also helps that I am not twenty-something, thirty-something or even forty-something  — maturity makes a difference. I have…

  • read enough – and broadly enough,
  • observed and learned enough,
  • lived long enough in enough places,
  • and (most importantly) walked long enough with my Maker and Savior

that I have developed the perspective and confidence to simply Be.

Sometimes the impetus is that I see, read, hear or learn something, but it is incomplete, not all there, or not well expressed, and then I feel impelled to write about it, and if nothing strikes me, I don’t. My first words come about because they best express the idea. Yes, taking the time to find the right words and craft them into a form that is succinct and well-written, even arranging them just so…can take hours or even longer. It is work, but then again how can one truly call something work when it is so satisfying?

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