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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