Chasing Butterflies

Chasing Butterflies

An array of Cabbage White and
Red Admiral bask on lavender,
Teasing a pen to paper.

Cupped hands chase air – the
Butterfly nurtured to move
Beyond arms reach, leaving
A brain derelict for description.

Exhausted,
All that’s left
Are vague shadows and
Scribbles on a half empty page.

© Davy D 2017

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This is poignant. It touched a chord in my heart . We all feel like this often.

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Ahhhh…soo beautiful Davy

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Oh I’d say it left you with a Rich “Much”–more than “scribbles on half-empty page”. Well done, Davy–I love the 1st stanza especially, it’s Stellar!

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oh the last stanza tugs the heart. we feel this once in a while.

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Reminds me of trying to think of something to blog about some days, Davy. Days when the idea I want seems to be flitting around out there just beyond my reach.

I’m curious, do you prefer to use paper when composing? I like that line, “Teasing a pen to paper”.

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    Thanks Paul, I usually start with an idea and take it out for a walk. I find walking opens up the creativity. Then I throw the thoughts down on paper and play around with them. I do sometimes use magnetic words or the computer, but I just love the feel of pen on paper, it connects to the emotion of the piece.

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      It’s hard to beat the feel of writing with a quality pen on paper. Quite the sensuous experience, really. Not in the sense of “sexy” though, but in the sense of “sensation”.

      I came across a pen I really liked a few years ago, and rather than risk that it might be discontinued anytime soon, I bought several packages at once.

      Walking doesn’t do it for me, personally, and I have no idea why not! I love walking, and I usually lope along at a brisk pace, yet it just doesn’t prompt many useful or insightful thoughts for me.

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      Difference is what makes the world a better place Paul. Do you have any routines for your writing?

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      Well, I certainly have my rituals but not many that are specific to writing. I tend to proceed by first jotting down the main ideas on a piece on paper, then fleshing out the post on computer. But that’s not an actual ritual, is it?

      Oh, I do one curious thing at least: I tend to start the whole process by visualizing my ideas as people I’ve known. So, for example, if I want to write about sexism, I think of Chuck, who was pretty sexist. And if I want to talk of spirituality, I think of Alison, who was pretty spiritual — in my off beat meaning of the word.

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      A good strategy Paul. I think if we get another viewpoint it helps add to the depth of the writing. I was trained, in the police, in a technique called reverse interviewing. You would get someone to recall something from start to finish and then get them to recall it from finish to start. Apparently it gets the brain to recall different detail and helps to build a more accurate picture.

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      Thanks for mentioning that police technique, Davy. I’m going to try it on myself, see if reviewing my memories of events in reverse might get me to recall more. It could add to the stories I post.

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      It would be good to get your feedback as to what you think of it Paul.

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      Will do! I’ve got to remember to do it, though. I had a golden opportunity when I was writing my most recent post, “Marah’s Hidden Love”, but totally forgot to. 😀

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Sometimes we need life’s beautiful distractions…Love this!

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Excellent, Davy. I love the last line.

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You catch my mood, Davy. So many scribbles from which I think nothing will come, until looked at later, then they can spark into life.

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Love the poem, and the conversation it generated….

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Mr. D, a wonderful dynamic going on here with the idea of finding that bit of inspiration on a walk or on a drive or in a dream. How often do we draft an idea in our head, half asleep or intently paying attention, reciting it over and over convinced it was the best thing you have ever written. Then, home, the idea flew away like that butterfly, trained to escape capture. One of my favorite writing books is: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. She takes index cards with her to jot down ideas when they emerge, knowing they will otherwise be lost. I suppose I try to do this with my pocket moleskin, although I find the notes app of my phone useful as well. Sadly, even with these tools, ideas remain butterflies, vague shadows, and half empty pages.

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    Thank you Mr. S. I agree it can be a struggle as sometimes these thoughts hit us at the most inopportune moments. I have now got into a habit of carrying a small notebook with me and I think I have about 7 on the go, at the moment. The notes app on the phone gets the occasional airing. I have not read the book Bird by Bird, so thank you for the recommendation.

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i scribble and someone says I remind them of Frida Kahlo! you never know when something will inspire you so you need the paper and pen always at hand, I love the image of the cupped hands like reaching for manna from heaven. so scribbles are important too!

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Ah yes. The all too familiar block. Although from your words it just turned into beautiful poetry 😊😊

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Reblogged this on Creative Writing Reblogged.

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