I should like to Thank Penny from http://pennylanethoughts.wordpress.com for inviting me to participate in the latest blog hop. Her invitation came more than a week ago and, although I am not always quite so hesitant to make a start with writing, her timing was both fortuitous and, perhaps somewhat, ill-timed, with the recent passing of my mother. Nevertheless I am entirely thankful for her gentle, if unintentional, nudge to get back into writing and to take a few moments to consider WHY I Write, which is integrally tied to What Inspires Me.
What Inspires me? What lights the candle of my imagination and sets the flame burning high? What is it that opens the floodgates of words, like a rapid, rushing torrent into my thoughts to overtake me, sweep me up and away, bearing me upon the tide into the depths of any ocean?
It is difficult to define that precise place where a fanciful notion or musing thought becomes greater than itself, steps beyond the precipice of promise and unfolds into a blooming illusion filled with imagery, lyricism and emotion; yet I shall endeavor to relate some portion of the mystery, if I am able, for there are times when, I too, barely comprehend it.
Words stand ready at any given moment, whether newly awakened or late blooming in the deep recesses of the night, to burst from their sheltered waiting place and spiral into lyrics and phrases that tempt the mind’s eye, pluck at the tender heartstrings, or turn a mirthful corner of a smile. Like a madman’s mind, held captive to his whimsy by irrationality, so too am I held in the ever abiding embrace of words, in so powerful a manner and so inescapable a fashion that, when my gaze alights upon an image that strikes interest, it takes little more than a momentary pause to release the deluge.
Music plays an integral role in this process, spinning a web that surrounds me, encases me, sustains my Imagination and nurtures the soul. Whether it is Classical, New Age, themes from soundtracks, or even Depeche Mode, music lends its gracious light to everything I write, shimmering in the background or blazing like a ruddy fire in the midst of each word. Music is magic as precious and essential to me as vocabulary and grammar, serenading nearly every waking moment.
Spirit Speaks unfalteringly and blends its gracious beauty into my thoughts and words through Blessing alone. I believe each living, breathing being and creature embodies a living Spirit that extends from and ultimately returns to The Source of all Life. The Spirit Speaks unceasingly; whispering mystery; shouting quietly, proclaiming every truth we need to understand; singing in harmony with the longing for Love, Hope, Peace and Joy that sits upon the throne of each heart. I Listen, as best as I am able, by opening my heart without questioning, trusting the Love I know so well; smiling in its poetic embrace each time it reveals itself and I am ever…EVER…amazed and humbled by the Beauty that stems from this Source.
Inspiration rides the currents of these tides, like a galleon rocking in the tempestuous ocean of my thoughts; sailing upon the languid currents; whirling in the magnificent splendor of the maelstrom and, often, it is all I am able to do to hang on. Yet it is also a perpetual Blessing to me, particularly if what I write and share touches someone else’s life in any similar manner as it touches mine.
I am also inspired by others, one of whom is Dorinda from Night Owl Poetry at: http://dorindaduclos.com . Here lyrical style and flowing verses ever ignite my imagination and set my musings to soaring. Here’s a little more about her in her own words: Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, NY & New Jersey, I’m a Jersey girl at heart. I spent my later years in life seated behind the canvas, painting, creating and in between, writing. I discovered that putting feelings and thoughts to paper helped me solve life’s little conundrums. It became the norm. I had paper and pencil everywhere I went.
I’m thrilled that I get the opportunity to share my thoughts about life, love and the world surrounding us. Join me on my journey.” ~ Dorinda
Do be sure to stop by her blog to enjoy her writing. I promise, you shall not be disappointed.
Another who Inspires me is Michelle Marie from http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com . Michelle is such a loving and joyful soul, whose artwork and inspirations ever brighten my days. She also helped me to create the cover for “Dark Fey The Reviled”, a favour for which I shall forever be grateful! Here’s a bit more about Michelle in her own words: I used to be invisible or at least I felt like I was. Now that I have blogged on WP for over a year I have come to think that it’s ok to be less visible or a lighter shade of pale. I didn’t start blogging for accolades or comments but to simply share! I thank you for the opportunity to read your thoughts and see into the window of your life!
If ever a Soul Inspires, it is Michelle! Stop by her blog to see for yourself.
Dorinda and Michelle have also decided to join in this Blog Hop and will be posting their own “Why I Write” posts, so keep an eye out for their upcoming posts.
Inspiration and Artistry dwells within each of us, sparking the fire that burns inwardly as well as outwardly, glowing and illuminating all.
Beautiful Original Artwork by: artsgr1e at Deviantart.com