Finally outside!! I inhaled deep and let the fresh, crisp air inflate my lungs. Fragrant flowers with invigorating perfumes calm me. Bright, refreshing sunshine and the vibrant colors of nature give my senses the opportunity to be free. You can almost feel yourself there with me, can’t you? Close your eyes, imagine the warmth, and accept the promise that summer will soon arrive.
It was so gorgeous outside that I took my camera out and snapped a few shots. They are beautiful! I did some editing and I can’t wait to share them with you at the end of this post.
I talked to a friend into the wee hours of the morning, recently. She encouraged me to continue with my writing and to consider writing a book. How flattering for someone to believe in you and your potential to successfully undertake such a feat. I am humbled. I am also considering the possibility. Anyone that has ever known me on a personal level knows that writing has always been my first love. I began writing poetry as early as age 9. I was blessed with a publishing opportunity in 8th grade. It was one poem, selected for The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. It reinforced my love of words, though, and the belief in myself that other people could love MY words.
Words have always been close to my heart. The nuances of language excite me! Semantics, context, grammar, spelling, stories, poetry, spoken word, journaling on my art work, reading, the art of painting with words, wit, humor, sarcasm, puns, limericks, onomatopoeias, acronyms, lyrics set to song, foreign languages, and even the art of penmanship are absolutely amazing!
WORDS. ARE. LIFE.
They can dance on a page and stimulate your brain. They can tease the most repressed memories from intricate hiding spots. Words can waltz with your soul, causing a long forgotten smile to kiss your lips. Think of a lover who whispers coveted syllables in your ear. Those sounds are chained together with meaning, with love, with pieces of their own spirit. They move you.
Think of a child, heartbroken and sad; a frown on their precious little face. Words of encouragement can bring light to their darkness. A dose of humor can dry their tears. You can change their perspective with some carefully chosen, genuine words of love and wisdom. A changed perspective is often all that is necessary for a changed life.
Here is a poem I wrote, about WORDS, many years ago:
SILENCE RINGS IN MY EARS AND STINGS MY EYES
LINES LAUGH AT ME FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR BLANK PAGE
STOP LAUGHING! I WILL MURDER YOU WITH A WEAPON NEVER FOUND
NO FORENSICS ON THE GROUND
YOUR INVESTIGATION’S BEEN CLOWNED
SO WHO’S LAUGHING NOW?
SLAY YOU WITH THE FIERCE FURY OF TALENT UNLEASHED
AS A BEAST RIPS THE FLESH OF HER FEAST
YOU CAN’T FOLLOW, FIND ME, TAKE FOOTSTEPS BEHIND ME
OR EVEN SUCCEED WHEN YOU TRY TO DEFINE ME
SLOW DEATH YOU ENDURE AND YOU’RE NOT REALLY SURE
IF I’M TAINTED OR PURE
BUT ONE FACT FOR CERTAIN YOUR SOUL’S BEEN LEFT HURTIN’
WOUNDED AND WEARY. YOU’VE GOT WHAT ANSWERS? WHAT FALLIBLE THEORY?
HAUNTED AND HATEFUL THEY’LL DRAW THE FIRST BLOOD
THEN WHAT’LL YOU DO? YOU’LL DROWN IN THE FLOOD
OF VIVID DEMISE AND DON’T DARE CLOSE YOUR EYES…
THE IMAGES SUPPLEMENT HARBORED INTENT
AND WON’T BE CONTENT TILL YOU’RE RAPED BY TORMENT
SURRENDER IS FINAL AND STRUGGLE ALL CEASES
YOUR HEART HAS BEEN RAVAGED , RELENTLESS DISEASES
I SWORE, TO STOP LAUGHING, HEED NOT MY WARNING
BUT HELL HATH NO FURY , CREATION CAME STORMING
Chanda Marie Carte’ @ Untamable Productions copyright 10/22/04
What about the ugly words? Yes, those are equally powerful. Negative words are dangerous blades with the ability to destroy someone from the inside out. Shame, slander, defamation of character, embarrassment, and all those evil lies almost always do irreparable harm. People never forget the trauma that a whirlwind of ugly words creates. Hateful, hurtful, degrading words break spirits. They are the equivalent of a natural disaster in an individual’s body, mind, and spirit. Hate affects people on a cellular level. Hate is a toxin that gets injected straight to the heart. It claims lives.
I love words and I also struggle with keeping all mine positive, life affirming, encouraging, powerful, and loving. I’m human. We all struggle to do the right thing, say the right words, be politically correct, spare the feelings of others, foster healthy relationships, and put our most balanced foot forward.
In the midst of all our good intentions and great efforts there are emotions, frustration, mental health issues, family drama, unexpected circumstances, shock, trauma, physical pain, disease, financial distress, death, and tragedy. LIFE. HAPPENS. People act and react. Forgive yourself when you’re not perfect, and move on. The most important thing anyone can do daily is be self aware, remain cognizant of the power in your words, and make a concerted effort to keep that power positive.