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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Drawing on creativity

Just a tool? When I got my first computer my creativity blossomed. I played with Photoshop and "drew" the (polygon) image that anchors this blog, as well as my mama elephant. College papers came much easier. And my writing improved because I was no longer so wedded to my precious(?) words. I did not write poetry until later in life, post-word processor. (See "eyalnow" at clipmarks: "Creating our own happiness" by Wayne Coyne).
After a creative "dry" spell in recent weeks, I again feel the impulse to write because I have been reading more - and better - not merely current news. See "There is nothing like a book" posted at my other blog, CarolGee - Southwest Blogger. It is about my fascination with wonderful books and writers. And that site is where I write poetry. Risking exposure, today I share a few of my earlier poems, linked in the list following the polygon to the right.
Drawing inspiration - (Try "kwonsu" at clipmarks: Top 8 inspirational quotes.) One of my original "acquaintances" in the literary blogosphere, Maud Newton, recently posted "Happy Weekend from my maternal grandparents", an autobiographical piece that is just wonderful. Also, "A morbid intimacy" is a link to a great piece by Brendan Kiley about Theodore Roethke, one of my absolute favorite poets. I quote "The Waking" -
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn be going where I have to go.

Drawing to a close - from "kwonsu" at clipmarks: Albert Einstein's quotes, and from The Shifted Librarian.
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My "creative post" today at Southwest Blogger is called "In the eye of the beholder."


eyalnow said...

Hi Carol,

Kindly fix the link to the
Wayne Coyne clipmark.

If you are a member at clipmarks, you can also "pop" it and/or save it, so it might get the attention of others.

I'm glad you like it.


Carol Gee said...

Thanks for the "heads up"

Mr Besilly said...

I enjoyed reading your thougts on creativity. It is journey for sure. Are you back now from your dry spell?

If creativity was a tool like a hammer, then it would only be of value when given purpose in the hand of the user. Without an action step it would lay dormant. The same can be said of a crayon, a pencil or an idea.