A few thoughts…

Have for many weeks now felt the need, the urge – can’t really tell the difference – to abandon writing for a time. It’s a presence.

There’s always a place for dialogue.

Greatness is, of course, its own myth.

The writing of Bob Dylan is without clear direction, foggy, theatrical, yet never fails to find its mark – a mark that was already there. Maybe that’s why his music moves me so much.

Days sag, and here I’m thinking of a line from Tranströmer: “often the shadow seems more real than the body”. Yes. What we think we see, feel, and know is never quite what finds its way to us. And that’s fine. Plato’s cave and all. We think exactitude, but there is only ambiguity. If we can accept the ambiguity, what a relief.


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on June 10, 2012.

5 Responses to “A few thoughts…”

  1. Sam, who that makes art hasn’t had the same fog descend upon them? I think you captured the sense of this feeling and now , knowing it’s not melancholia, describe it above as a prose poem itself: “In Media Res”. Thanks for sharing this with me.

  2. Love Dylan and frequently revisit various periods of his entire catalogue, depending on my mood. If you haven’t read his book “Chronicles” it is not to be missed. I take breaks from various pursuits as the spirit moves me ~ this includes writing, songwriting, working with clay (my hard core “professional training” and decades spent in this pursuit) playing music, making visual art, etc. Sometimes these breaks last for years, but I always seem to come back, new and refreshed and stronger than I was before. For me these breaks immediately precede a period of significant growth and a turning point in my life. I have found that breaks are necessary and healthy, likened to the rhythms of breathing ~ organic and natural ~ fields lying fallow ~ plants going dormant in winter ~ a time of gestation ~ after which my voice will re emerge ~ rich and whole and newly reborn. Thanks for posting. Just don’t drop too far off the radar screen without letting us know how you are from time to time! 😉

  3. Thanks for the comment, David. I do know Dylan’s Chronicles, Michael. That is one large batch of a creative streak you describe for yourself. I would say stay busy, but I believe you have that well in hand.

  4. Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best.

    As I see it writing needs time and quiet and often absence to grow, like plants.

    Glad to hear there will be dialogue in both cases.

    Do what feels right.


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