Tuesday, April 9, 2013

On Writing

Why do I write?
I'm still learning why.
I don't do it too often - certainly not as often as I would like
Yet - didn't I just finish 31 consecutive
                   writing days!?
So - why?  Why did I do that?
Why do I commit now to every Tuesday?  . . . and more?
Why did I fill journals as a youth?
Why does fine stationary and envelope make me breathe deeply with satisfaction?
Why do pen and blank paper pull me, beseech me -
      "Come, lift us, use us, let us create lines and letters and words
     and sentences to share your soul
                          with. . .
   all who wish to hear, all who take the time, all who care,                
                  with yourself."
Why does a blank screen, ebony keys
and a quiet moment
tease me, invite me, implore me to
    tap out things I need to express but fear to?
Why do words swirl through my mind and heart
in an alluring dance
that entreats me to whirl among them,
leading and linking them
            into elegant connections?

Why do I write?
To learn, of course, and to express, to wonder, to ponder, to share, to question, to think, to explore, to contemplate - yes - all of those.
But mostly - to create - my OLW
and to commune - with others, with myself, with the Universe, with God.
I write to be more fully who I am
I write to become more fully who I am meant to be.

Quotes of the day:  Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
                                                        ~William Wordsworth

The maker of a sentence launches out into
the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and Old Night,
and is followed by those who hear him
with something of wild, creative delight.
                                                 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. You are filling the page with the breathings of your heart. So many reasons to write. So many things to say, and think about, but sometimes I write just to play with the sounds of words.

  2. I'm glad you did write today, because you were going to hear from me if you didn't. Your words were missed last Tuesday. :-)
    I love the questions you ask yourself. Words swirling and an alluring dance, very cool words to create an image.

  3. I love that you write...even when it is hard...because as you said it best...it lets us be who we really are!

  4. This is creative and beautiful. I'm glad that you write and I get to read your writing.

  5. Beautiful! I love "sentences to fill your soul with"! I write for all the same reasons, but I never could have said it this wonderfully!