Another great YouTube. I have to say I did have a lot of fun selecting these before vacation. I was very disappointed that I had some posting issues and will continue sharing…even though I’m itching to do some other topics. I’m honoring the creativity inspired by China, in China and for China…anything Chinese, until the close of the Olympics. I will be referring to these posts in other topics so we must share them.
Again I have to say, wish I had time to get involved in creativity like this. The closest I may get is Donna Dewberry. What is the closest you get to other creative endeavors outside of writing?
This is a result of a YouTube poster visualizing a poem. On some days I wish I could create art like this but words are easier. On visualizing a poem I think I could do that. I know as an author of poems it is easy to visualize ones I write. I enjoy reading and visualizing the works of others as well.
One of my favorites is Eugene Field’s Poems of Childhood. Maybe because even if the references in his poems are dated it brings me back to childhood. My mom read the poems to me and I was so happy when she gave me her special edition copy. Another favorite is Edgar Allen Poe. It would be great fun to take one of his poems and create a work like the following.
All the birds have flown up and gone
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other
Only the mountain and I.
I searched for some Chinese poetry. I love the phrases used, different from our own. Sometimes it is hard to know if it was an ingenious placement of words or if it was coincidence from translation. Either way, in many instances the outcome is breathtaking or thought provoking. Sometimes it is something that you just wish you thought of first.
Like fortunes from fortune cookies I sometimes collect beautiful quotes. If I’m so lucky to write down the right words of a fleeting thought I collect them too. When I’m not lucky…lying in bed in the middle of the night without a pen or paper, I wake up and they are gone.
In tribute to all the thoughts that have floated away at night, here is to the mountain that we will leave behind.
Here is some inspiration. Setting aside cultural differences and a government we don’t see eye to eye with, when you break something down to the most basic things in life, the people and the land; it is hard not to be inspired.
Early this summer I fell in love with China working on a tea project. I think it is one of the most incredibly beautiful places on the face of the earth. There are so many tea regions producing a variety of tea, picked by generations of Chinese people.
I could feel the morning air as I read about the mornings that the tea pickers climbed the mountainsides to collect certain teas at just the right time. I could smell them preparing the teas at various stages. I could feel China in so many photos I viewed.
Where are you when you write? Are you at a desk in front of a PC? Or are you living your words.
“Energy rightly applied and directed
will accomplish anything”
~ Nellie Bly ~