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The poem he left us follows, presumably written over his morning cuppa tea ...
crow drops off into flight
from my window view
feathers pushed backward
in this little wind
to bring something alive
something alive in me
is it the green tea?
the world is out there
to be a part with it
I want to
want to go be received
I love this poem, the Taoist simplicity of it, its being grounded in Richard's present moment as he sat, alone, at our table. And I love the poignancy of the feelings expressed, juxtaposed with simple observations through our big windows which overlook the Lewes High Street, below, and old pigeon-laced buildings across the street.
Today's #wpthu prompt ...
So, today, I'd like you to follow Richard's lead. Sit yourself down somewhere comfortable, perhaps get yourself a cuppa, and just notice the world around you — whether you're sitting at your kitchen table, looking out a favorite window, sitting on a park bench, upon a fallen tree in the woods, or what have you.
Observe what's around you. Use all your senses. Notice the birds, the birdsong, perhaps the springtime mating rituals playing out. But while your paying close attention to the world around you, also notice what you're feeling within.
Go back and reread Richard's poem.
Notice the relationship between his observations without as well as his acknowledging the truth of his feelings within. Notice, too, the sparsity of description. Just enough to bring alive the substantives — the crow, the pigeon, the little breeze.
Finally, allow yourself to become intimate with those outward observations and how they awaken feelings deep within yourself. Notice your connection to the world around you, the lack of any true separation.
If a poem comes, great. If a prose piece comes, brilliant. Try collapsing this false dichotomy. Let what flows through you and onto the page exist beyond artificial boundaries. These distinctions often do more harm than good.
Enjoy yourself, sink into the noticing, and let the pen meander where it will.
As always with #wpthu, write longhand (it's good to get away from the computer for a while, and to reawaken your writing hand). Nurture a sense of letting go of any creative burden, self-critical judgment, or comparison (with yourself in times past, or with others). Keep your pen moving. And honor, truly honor, whatever flows through you and onto the page. This is great practice in learning to trust in the process.
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