Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don’t use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile. Such metaphors, like Japanese paper flowers, may expand outward into gigantic shapes. Ideas lie everywhere through the poetry books, yet how rarely have I heard short story teachers recommending them for browsing.
What poetry? Any poetry that makes your hair stand up along your arms. Don’t force yourself too hard. Take it easy. Over the years you may catch up to, move even with, and pass T. S. Eliot on your way to other pastures. You say you don’t understand Dylan Thomas? Yes, but your ganglion does, and your secret wits, and all your unborn children. Read him, as you can read a horse with your eyes, set free and charging over an endless green meadow on a windy day.
~ Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
This post is in response to Susannah Conway’s April Love 2018 prompt for today: Inspiring Quote. One of the things I like about Ms. Conway’s April Love 2018 prompts is that there are no rules. While it’s true she has labeled them photo prompts, there are no rules. And that led me to thinking about the best way to illustrate an inspiring quote for today.
Occasionally, I have been playing around with watercolors for no particular reason and with no particular idea in mind. Yesterday I painted what I call “Purple Sun,” photographed it, and then used Picasa to insert the text and invert the colors. Today I am going to play with what I started and see if I can make this purple sun into a mandala. That was the main objective all along, but after painting the circle and background, it looked a lot like some of the backgrounds people use for sharing inspirational quotes.
As for the snippet of one of Mary Oliver’s poems I picked, it is something I am trying to live by during this year of Love as my theme/word. Plus, it happens to be National Poetry Month. I’ve been reading some amazing poetry lately. (Please read this from fellow blogger, Merril. It’s beautiful and touched my heart/soul. Or check out The Rumpus and their featured poets and poems.)
Thank you for visiting today. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 611) Words that inspire, provoke, and touch the heart/soul. 612) Poetry. 613) Love (is love is love). 614) The time and luxury to play with watercolors. 615) Purple shampoo.