Why do words get put on paper at moments of despair?
When it’s a race between the ink and the tears
to transfer their essence to the page?
Aren’t the giddy moments to be memorialized?
Isn’t delight worthy of choice phrases?
True elation – a moment in time
when your heart could burst and spill the joy
as far as the edges of your universe.
Fragments of time to be savored
And later reviewed with fresh pleasure.
With deepest meaning of their own
and needing no embellishment
to sparkle in the gloom of winter
to keep you company with warmth engendered
from treasured artifacts.
Happiness is not simply the absence of pain
It is a balance of accepting what is
while maintaining a tenuous grip on what could be
of comfort in your true persona
of knowing how to love.
And when, combined with long awaited
declarations and promise of new directions
your heart gets to that bursting point
Catharsis is as close as a pen or keyboard
expression venting the swell of feeling.
Preferable to indiscriminate disclosure
The wrong word in the wrong ear
Longer lasting reminder of
an exquisite moment,
part of your special history.
Since I started writing again I’ve developed a real need to. If I haven’t written in a couple of days I feel like I must! Then the process itself becomes somewhat calming. If sadness is a catalyst I’ll be up late tonight writing.
While I do write when happy, I tend to learn more when I write from anger. Where every you write from, be glad of it and keep writing. 🙂
Thanks for your comment. I usually write from feelings of sadness or sometimes anger and agree with you that a lot of insight can come out of the words. Maybe the words aren’t as compelling when one is in a happier frame of mind?
I don’t have the answer and I guess different things work for different people. However, most of my really powerful pieces came from anger. 🙂 Perhaps what I write now is weak as the anger I seem to have left behind me when I moved?