Friends, today we aspire to be poems, rather than to write or read them. Tune in to the rhythms of your heart beats and breaths; experience the air, its temperature and direction; take in the colors and shapes of your surroundings. Your senses produce letterless words; heed the language of being; listen to the song of Is.
This day, today, we shall each eschew the computer and bring no book – for this one day we’ll give to idleness. Our fingers shall find no purchase on our keyboards; our hands shall remain empty of pens and papers. On this day, our goal is not to create, my friends; but, rather, to be created. We are, each of us, life’s canvases.
So, go forth and be, dear friends! Today is your final lesson as poets – sometimes, nay, often, we must do nothing… but be.
d’Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the author’s choice, no longer than 144 words. This very short piece of prose must include an assigned line from a poem, within the 144 word limit. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.
And bring no book, for this one day-from William Wordsworth‘s poem ‘Lines Written at a small distance from my House‘
We’ll give to idleness.
70 thoughts on “We are, each of us, life’s canvases”
I completely agree. What a way of saying it, David. Brilliant. 🙂
🙏🏻💘 Terveen 💘🙏🏻
Brilliant post! This is what I call inspiration!
🤍 Harshi, thank you 🤍
“Our goal is not to create, but to be” Powerful stuff, love it!
❤️💗 WEWS 💗❤️ ~ thanks!
To just be…we should all aspire for that but often forget ( especially in the quest to write and respond 😅).
Love this, David. ❤️
💜💝 Punam 💝💜
Oh, I adore this David. Sometimes, doing nothing but breathing and enjoying the day is such an inspiration.
💛💟 Linda 💟💛
Love, love, love this and you mirrored the image in my mind.
💜 Mary 💜 ~ thanks!
“listen to the song of Is” Love this line! And…yes, yes, yes. Amen to this!
❤ 🙂 Lillian ❤ 🙂 ~ thanks so much!
I love this contemplative encouragement, to set aside the consuming nature of our daily lives and just be.
“Your senses produce letterless words; heed the language of being; listen to the song of Is…” Wise words, and fortunately my deafness doesn’t come into play when listening to the “song of is.” Brilliant advice David. 🙂
💜 Mike 💜 ~ thank you
I often feel overwhelmed with all the things I could be doing before I even start doing them. This is a beautiful reminder to drop everything once in a while. To just sit, breathe and observe.
Constance, this is as much a reminder to myself as it is to others! It doesn’t take much at all for me to feel overwhelmed either…