thanks for the inspiration, daily post 🙂
“Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop. No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about.”
good thing i started this this morning in my usual pre-writing warm-up of writing whatever the fuck wants to come out!
Good, she slipped in past the gates. The guards were enamored by her shiny plaits, not even realizing what slips under their gaze. Superficial sally subterfuges willy wonky heart spirals. Tombstone groomstone hello moonstone. Sapphire giraffe fire hello backfire . hello goodbye rye stye eye fly. Hello good morn jello mold uncle horn. Jello mold uncle horn reborn true form hello goodbye 4 3 8 stye one time fly by fire fly fire fly uncle jump yellow trunk hay bale dry spell uncle wren hi then queen lace dread face xylophone instigate yellow jacket I elate relate uncle hay bale dale frail ol mail female red grail holy snail junk pail sex fire 4 trie quail egg remake 7 8 2 1 sally subterfuge has won.
okay okay okay, so the idea i want to write about is actually spoken of in this daily prompt in the words, “the rational mind doesn’t nourish you.”
when i say, slipping past the guards/gates, that is exactly what i’m talking about! i see the gates/guards as…
the rational mind …
the rational mind as a kind of trap, a filter that inhibits us from reaching full heights/depths/potentials of thought/imagination … we’re going places kid and the rational mind can only take you so far.
one time i lived with a famous writer & that’s what she told me … you get to a certain point in the creative process where the mind doesn’t help you at all. at this point, you just have to be washing the dishes or going for a walk in the woods or lighting the peace pipe for ceremony and then
that’s when the “good idea” “better” “best” idea comes forth… the mind can only take you so far … and then there is mystery that moves through us.
And isn’t that what all good writers try to do (of course good is a subjective in my own head)? to try to write the spark of life into their words? (you can quote me on that one, dear wordpressers.)
From time to time i have written stuff that i look back on and think, wow, that’s actually got merit … maybe i should harvest a bit from that piece. the piece could’ve been hidden for years in the antiquated folders of my computer.. such a post a came upon the other day.
i think i wrote it while i was housesitting on a mountain in southern california, in a home where i could see the city of LA from the mountains in the evenings. it sure made me think… here’s an unedited, spur-of-the-moment piece from then 🙂 :
You are the artist
We give you space and trinkets and wine
You are the artist, after all,
And you might need it to take the edge off
From all of your midnight wandering up lake ave at night
To reach the mountains and see the city
An indeterminable call that wells up
And froths forth from your mouth
So we’ll take the froth, collect it in little jars
Bottle it and sell it, maybe even around the world
And we’ll feed you wine, you might need I to take the edge off
Tear the edge off the world, to reach center
When the world says you are a writer
Write for us and share oh please share as if your life depends on it and so does ours
And so does ours
My gender pronoun of choice is us
What do you adore
I cannot live without you garden
Oh my god I am sick with your words mary you cut right to the point and present your poems as is you are some dark cryptic grave the shell that breaks open to reveal the lifeseed sprouting
In each of us!
If I can tell you anything tonight through my words
It is that the creative spark is in each of us
Did you hear me
It is not relegated to any one other than you tied up in your very same flesh
You amid the mud and pinnings of culture and ways we do this around here
If I could give you just one glimpse of the nature within
One waft for your glorious sniffer of the scent of freedom
If I could cast a little light on your trail right night
Your trail which is your very own which is your vewy own
How can I say again what cannot be said
A felt sence so I bring attention to it now
I call from the top of the mountains are you listening
Bring your self forth
Bring your self forth