Inspiration, or: Perspiration

A Sijo

is the artist's special challenge 
creating while uninspired? 
perhaps it lies in learning 
to generate inspiration 
or in the understanding 
that's it's just another word 


A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a โ€œturn,โ€ and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.

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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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29 thoughts on “Inspiration, or: Perspiration”

  1. Yes. We have to show up even when we arenโ€™t โ€œinspiredโ€ or โ€œfeeling it.โ€ The real work is in the showing up and trying again and again.

      1. Dyou know one? Be great to see how this is done. I’ve put tunes to few of my lines. But this is how its done for better. A consumable story๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’œ

  2. Just one word is all it takes Sometimes. It only takes a spark to start a fire. But therein lies the struggle. This is quality as always David.

    1. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Nigel ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’š ~ thanks, Sir!

      BTW, did you see my comment on your poem with the Statue of Liberty ๐Ÿ—ฝ art?

  3. โœis the artistโ€™s special challenge creating while uninspired? โœ

    Being afraid of a comeback and feeling stuck with your art or choked up can be depressing.
    Staring helplessly at a blank page is a nightmare for those of us learning the fine art.
    But it is the comeback, after so much effort and feelings of down and out
    When disempowerment and sadness sits there wantoning to settle in
    Crisis favours introspection ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Š

    Great question

  4. I’ve actually taken online classes in creativity. Basically, it amounts to doing something different, or doing the same things in a different way. It works by prompting one to ‘think outside the box’.

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