Sometimes, sometimes, you just need a poem to nurture your creative spirit. So here’s a special one just for you from one of my favorite poets—William Stafford.
You and Art
Your exact errors make a music
that nobody hears.
Your straying feet find the great dance,
And you live on a world where stumbling
always leads home.
Year after year fits over your face--
when there was youth, your talent
later, you find your way by touch
where moss redeems the stone;
and you discover where music begins
before it makes any sound,
far in the mountains where canyons go
still as the always-falling, ever-new flakes of snow.
© William Stafford, from You Must Revise Your Life
And then it’s always good to write to the gifts offered to us from poetry, to connect them with our creative lives. So try any of these ideas out, using whatever writing forms you might like. Trust the pen, in the same way that you trust your creativity. We write, we create, to remember what we remember.
1) How does your creative expression reflect any of the following?
-your exact errors making music that nobody hears
-your straying feet finding the great dance, walking alone
-living in a world where stumbling always leads home
2) How has your creativity changed as you have matured? And what do you think it means to find our way by touch, like moss redeeming stone?
3) What does it mean for an artist to discover music before it makes sound? To follow canyons deep into mountains and to listen there to the stillness, to the sound of new flakes of snow?
What did you learn about the connections between Stafford’s poem and your creative process? If you send your thoughts to me, I’ll include them in our next newsletter.
And Kathy and I are always ready to help You and Your Art. Contact us at artcoachingforyou.com, and we’ll help you begin that next stage in the process!