I was re-reading some of Robert Service’s poetry the other day preparing a new posting for my blog. And I happened across one I had not read before…..entitled ‘Inspiration’ I find it fascinating that writers are saying the same thing whether it is 1900 or 2013 .
It inspired me to share it with you because the poem talks about the same things that I’ve said. About being open to what’s around you; how it can inspire you. Who’s around you; it can inspire you. What you hear and see; it can inspire you.
INSPIRATION by Robert Service
How often have I started out
with no thought in my noddle,
and wandered here and there about,
where fancy bade me toddle;;
till feeling faunlike in my glee
I’ve voiced some gay dsitiches,
returning joyfully to tea,
a poem in my britches.
A-squatting on a thymy slope
with vast of sky about me,
I’ve scribbled on an envelope
the rhymes the hills would shout me;
the couplets that the trees would call,
the lays the breezes proffered…
oh no, I didn’t think at all-
I took what Nature offered.
then rouse from out a golden dream
to find you’ve made a poem.
So I’ll go forth with mind a blank,
and sea and sky will spell me;
and lolling on a thymy bank
I’ll take down what they tell me;
as Mother Nature speaks to me
her words I’ll gaily docket,
so I’ll come singing home to tea
a poem in my pocket.
I’ve mentioned before how nurturing my cabin is, tucked in a hollow in the Blue Ridge mountains of north Georgia. And like Robert Service I have responded to stream, vale, wood, sky and trees (particularly when I write Haiku). I have had some of my best writing hours there. A ripple on the pond, a single leaf floating down amidst the branches, the sun winking between trees, the song of a bird; all have given me inspiration and quieted this crazed thing between my ears. Open your heart, your mind, your eyes and ears and inspiration will find you!
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