Creativity

The Process

© 2007

 

“When did you write that?” you asked.

“Over the past thirty odd years” was the reply.

“What were you scribbling a moment ago” was your next.

“Oh! I only penned it just then”.

 

I am a sponge you see.

For thirty years and more, I have absorbed

And now I blot a hotch potch of ideas all locked up

In the prison of my skull.

 

Triggered by a word, a memory

They spring forth from the well.

Words tumble in a revolutionary tide

Washing away all reason in its path.

This flash flood learned from writers old and new,

holy scripture and erotica has been fermenting all these years

in the oak barrel of my mind.

Now this red needs to see the light of day, to breathe.

 

When mark and stain are anchored here.

Ideas take flight and settle on neural limbs.

To touch and influence other lives.

 

b.

bcj bcj
51-55, M
46 Responses Mar 12, 2009

Thank you Angel

Beautifully written and so true. Thanks for sharing with me B~<br />
<br />
LUV ALWAYS

Hey, but you've paid heed to each word and thought of yours, that counts. Not rhyme, rhythm, metre etc. If this is 'lazy poetry' I wonder what you haven't revealed to us yet :)

Thanks Miss Spring<br />
<br />
These are hardly poems in the classical sense as I have not paid heed to rhyme, rhythm, metre, alliteration etc.<br />
<br />
If my English Lit Prof read this then he would probably retract the certificate. This is lazy poetry.<br />
<br />
Love<br />
b

This is beautiful, b. But I will never believe that such poetry comes from just absorbing, or is simply '...triggered by a word, a memory' or 'learned from writers old and new'. I do absorb much too, have a constant storm of emotions and thoughts in my head, love reading, love words, but I know I would never write anything that would be anywhere close to being called a 'poem'. What I'm trying to say here, is that one needs to have a GIFT, to be able to write poetry. You definitely do.

sometimes not, lady lv. many times the artist simply wants to vent. sometimes he is simply a little "crazy". <br />
<br />
The consequence of fame or notoriety can be wholly unintended. To quote from the movie "Happy Feet", the mexican penguin says about Happy Feet "He's so accidentally cool.......".

And the do influence others lives, and that's the artist's real goal,

b<br />
"And now I blot a hotch potch of ideas all locked up<br />
<br />
In the prison of my skull." and<br />
<br />
"Triggered by a word, a memory<br />
<br />
They spring forth from the well.<br />
<br />
Words tumble in a revolutionary tide<br />
<br />
Washing away all reason in its path.<br />
<br />
This flash flood learned from writers old and new,"<br />
<br />
Well, basically when I reread the foregoing it sparked my dormant thoughts and gave me a different perspective...inspiration comes from many places....Mentally multi-tasking...<br />
<br />
"The cold and snow numb the pain of the violence inflicted just a month ago..." <br />
<br />
Is the start of something brewing on the "back burner" of my mind. I have been hindered from writing and releasing some anger. Haven't touched my journal which is a no, no for me when I am stressed out and need to vent. <br />
<br />
Just dabbling while packing and making ready for the cross country journey.<br />
love, am

Thank you lady a<br />
<br />
I think - please elaborate as i do not get the complete sense of your statement.<br />
<br />
love<br />
b

Good Morning Sir b,<br />
<br />
I return time and again to this post and today it takes on a new special meaning. <br />
<br />
So glad I met you and found this piece.<br />
<br />
love, a

hehe.....ok! I'm off to stalk Bambi and feed the fish!.....

Thank you, my African Warrior!<br />
<br />
My daughter just brought me a bouquet of flowers and a card she made me. On the card she printed an Irish proverb--" The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune." I really like that proverb!<br />
<br />
I am well spoiled with love today and am feeling very joyous.<br />
<br />
love and peace<br />
d

lady d <br />
<br />
are you stalking??<br />
<br />
it's your day. you should be out talking to the deer.<br />
<br />
hahaha<br />
<br />
love<br />
b

thank you fairy lady.<br />
<br />
and i wish you a joyous day where those around you spoil you to distraction.<br />
<br />
love and peace.<br />
<br />
b

Oh, bcj. You are far too modest!

dear lady<br />
<br />
thanks for the complement.<br />
<br />
but just maybe, it means that all the bs flows unchecked. late nights and all that!<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
love and peace<br />
b

What a delightful discovery, this exchange. <br />
<br />
It pays to be nocturnal. Good exercise for both sides of the brain.

odd milady!<br />
<br />
Odd you say? <br />
<br />
i like odd. in this insane world i thank you for the compliment.<br />
<br />
today, humans get into a flying machines made of steel that breathe fire out of their bums and drop bombs on other humans. these are the "not odd" ones<br />
<br />
once again, i thank you for the compliment.<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
<br />
b

Tasmin, I've been doing some chanting for Sir bcj to keep his aura nice and sparkling. I've noticed it's been helping since he hasn't seemed so odd lately. ;-)

Oh My ...

Love you too lady D

Butterflies and...sunshine, lollipops and rainbows......

Lady Tas<br />
<br />
No. Not because of any duel. I love those, African warrior etc.<br />
<br />
No. I am quite scared that she might send a plague of butterflies or something equally girlish.<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
<br />
b

Oh my!!!<br />
<br />
One from another planet calls me odd.<br />
<br />
Tsk Tsk.

What's this talk of curses and duels?<br />
<br />
You people are very odd.

For the duel you mean .. ? <br />
<br />
No best not ..

pssst<br />
<br />
Lady T<br />
<br />
help!!!<br />
<br />
What is all this funny stuff she speaks of. Is it some mystical eastern curse??<br />
<br />
should I step outside tomorrow.<br />
<br />
b

Lady datura<br />
<br />
It all sounds Indian to me, so I guess you are talking about curries, et al<br />
<br />
Well is it Madras or Tamil. lamb, chicken or fish??????<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
<br />
ps. All i know of Indian issues are the beautiful women of bollywood and the curries.<br />
<br />
b

I call it as I see it,Tasmin....

Love reading about auras ..

Ahhh, Sir b, today your aura positively glows a warm pink, coming primarily from the heart chakra which seems well activated. But I<br />
would note that perhaps you should work on the Ajna chakra as your third eye seems a bit blocked.<br />
<br />
with love,<br />
d

Lady Child<br />
<br />
Whenever you recommend Psych books to me, you have to whisper. See, my reputation is at stake.<br />
<br />
Lady Drew<br />
<br />
I thank you "florence nightingale" of tennessee. <br />
<br />
Don't mind lady Datura, miladies. When the Northern Reaches defrost a bit more , then her pipes will become unclogged, oxygenated blood will reach her brain and she will play "nice" again.<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
<br />
b

What a lovely way of putting this process bcj.<br />
Lady Datura - YOU ROCK SISTER.<br />
<br />
I love reading this dialog between two awesomely bright tallents.<br />
<br />
xxxxx

milady<br />
<br />
keep your spook talk away from me<br />
<br />
b

Did you know that I notice an orange cast to your aura when you speak of lead shields?<br />
;-)

miss child<br />
<br />
I thank you most humbly for your commendation. Coming from a true artist this is indeed very high praise.<br />
<br />
Our sister, Lady Dat, queen of the frigid lands to the north, and I engage in social banter and no harm intended. She is a brilliant human being. When she speak of aura's and xyz, then a sheet of lead drops down between us and my brain just shuts her out. See, I am an empirical scientist, so basically, if I can measure it then I can work with it.<br />
<br />
b

Here's a book for both of you (two of my most favorites on ep). I highly recommend it!<br />
<br />
Toward a Psychology of Awakening - John Welwood<br />
<br />
Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation.<br />
<br />
PS. I love your work b! And Dat, you are amazing.

d <br><br />
<br><br />
they were all penned in sep/dec 2007. i forget exactly when.<br><br />
<br><br />
some were inked in lagos airport in nigeria whilst waiting for my flight.<br><br />
<br><br />
b

they, psych students, are the first ones to lose it, go nuts, etc. (psst, is it pc to use the word nuts). You know, this is a self preservation thing. I certainly don't want to **** THEM off. they find automatic assault weapons and then go walkabout.<br />
<br />
this is me being pc<br />
<br />
not at all d. never strange, just different.<br />
<br />
hehehe<br />
<br />
b

Well, Only my BA was in psychology, does that still make me a strange creature?<br />
<br />
You scientists!

and don't talk to me about "kopdokter" stuff. I think that they are all pretty strange creatures.<br />
<br />
kopdokter - psychiatrist <br />
kop - head<br />
<br />
kopdokter stuff = psycho babble<br />
<br />
b

b, penned in the daylight hours after staying up half the night?<br />
Or is your night owl behavior a recent development?<br />
<br />
I'll be watching!

lady d<br />
<br />
these were mostly penned in the daylight hours. the sleeplessness causes me to drop my guard and inhibitions to where I publish these, in total contravention of my introversion/heightened need for privacy. <br />
<br />
tonight I shall shut this damned thing off early. Just wait and see.<br />
<br />
lol<br />
<br />
b

Having read Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and Jill Bolte Taylor's My stroke of Insight as well as many psychology textbooks, I would have to say that no sleep would help one shift from left brain awareness and thinking modes to the more creative right brain awareness and functioning from which springs such insight and art!<br />
<br />
So, b, your sleeplessness serves you well.

see what is possible when one is stupid and babalas from no sleep that you get "outside yourself".<br />
<br />
b

Well, I chastised you for not going to bed and for staying up and creating groups instead. Then I left to watch a program with my son and returned to find this insightful poem. What a nice surprise.<br />
<br />
It reminds me of how people will ask me how long it took to make a certain Father Christmas or fairy and my only thought is that it took 40 hours but also 35 years. All those years of developing techniques and skills, of becoming who I am that would see it is my mind's eye in such a way.<br />
<br />
And how much more so that is true when crafting with words about feelings and impressions and visions and ideas that have formed over a lifetime! When wonderfully shared, they certainly do touch and influence other lives.<br />
<br />
Just beautiful,b.