Week 4: A summary of my exploration, to boldly go where others have gone before, but with a different set of eyes and ears.
Looking out across from my apartment, it’s another beautiful sunny day and here I am indoors writing my blog. Try and beat that for dedication?! Since most of you are probably too busy, getting on with your interesting lives or writing for your own blogs, to care for my idle taunts, I rest easily knowing that I won’t be chastised online for my arrogance. I hope.
If you have been following my blog, you would have noticed the gradual change in its appearance and my continued growing number of experiments. I was even tempted to change my style of writing at one point to try to emulate some of the more accomplished writers I have come across but I realised that it wouldn’t be me and as such it would be difficult to sustain. So, I have decided to patiently continue my gradual development of my own style and see how far it can take me. Following guidance once more:
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A number of you have written to me with words of encouragement, and dare I say it, even praise. You have my sincerest thanks for taking time to share your thoughts. I also thank everyone visiting my blog and “liking” my poems.
Although I welcome comments, as a relative newbie to the blog writing scene, at the back of my mind is this picture of waking up and finding a mail box full of negative critiques; advising me to hang up my pen and take up archery instead or something like that. So far, I have been spared this indignity, so I continue to write in ignorance. I would definitely appreciate constructive comments from fellow bloggers to steer me towards improving my work but I do not want to be graded and be given blog awards etc. If you don’t have anything positive to say by merely not commenting and/or not liking is sufficient to grab my attention.
“Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.” – Blaise Pascal
Of the pieces I’ve written so far, my personal favourites are Play , My reflection , Light , Rainbows , Calmness and Original me for their lightness, simplicity and fun. I also enjoyed creating Self esteem and Unwanted for the twist at the end. The Master, for its sheer reverence; reflecting what I feel when I see great work. In search of Genius for lighting the way.
My deeper observation in The Silent Mind, Culture, Respect, Goodwill felt good to put on paper. When I first posted the “The Silent Mind”, I attached a picture of Buddha but changed it soon after that when it occurred to me I was being less than honest as to the source of what I wrote. The “Silent Mind” wasn’t written with any religious connotations in mind or any specific cultural reference. I wrote this in a moment of deep contemplation, focusing on what “silence” meant to me and what I thought it could contribute. Like many before me, I sincerely believe that hidden knowledge waits to be unlocked and found if we only opened our ears to listen and our eyes to observe and our hearts to absorb. We’re often so busy in our everyday lives that even if something of utter beauty and perfection appears in front of us, we would be too distracted to appreciate it.
As for Eternal love, The moon I love and Timeless Moments they were written to appease my heart; written to reflect emotional attachment to people, moments, spiritual or godly influences. I wanted to test whether I could encapsulate some of these feelings.
You will also probably have noticed the fun I was having playing with words when creating modern Haikus or playing with words in general. It was clearly a hit and miss, but I feel I am getting more and more used to the form and mindset. I hope that I managed to capture a real haiku moment in one of them.
Last but not least, my historic “Poems” were also fun to write. It’s fun to spread historic awareness and encourage deeper involvement in Philosophy and Science. Science doesn’t have to be boring or difficult to absorb; the difficulty only comes in making the great observations! I was trying to instil this belief in my writing.
I thought I’d give you this summary to give you a better picture of what I am up to in my writings, that there is method in my madness.
Having fun writing is the main theme I cling to. I am not expecting or after any accolades. I am happy enough to know that what I write can touch some of you. It may inspire you to pick up a history book or to double check my science facts or even explore the topics that I am writing about in your own way.
One thing is for certain; my appreciation of the talents that surround me continues to grow.
That’s my thoughts for this week.
From J M Lysun, A curious mind.