From today’s Slice of Life challenge post: I can do the traditional things that writers always say they do, which is to make order out of chaos. Even if you are reproducing the disorder, you are sovereign at that point. Struggling through the work is extremely important – more important to me than publishing it. – Toni Morrison
It’s no secret that I am drawn to others’ words when attempting to unswirlify the thoughts, statements, observations, and questions that constantly flit around my brainspace. There’s a chance that this attraction goes beyond pure inspiration. There’s a chance that others’ perfectly chosen words are what fuels my soul to continue to create its own literary paths. Even if I am, as mentioned above, reproducing the disorder, it helps when I know I’m not the only one on this bumpy back road towards clarity.
In that vein, and in memory of one of the greatest and soul-speaking wordsmiths, Robert Hunter, here are some words that clear up my internal murkiness so that I can find a breath and some decent footing and begin to formulate my own sound bites…
It isn’t the world that makes us think, it’s words that we can’t come up with. – Bill Manhire
Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation. – Toni Morrison
From the soul comes something amazing. – Jurassic 5
Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear – Robert Hunter
Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own – Robert Hunter
Spinning that curious sense of your own – Robert Hunter
It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they’re better left unsung – Robert Hunter
There are times when I can help you out,
And times when you must fall.
There are times when you must live in doubt
And I can’t help at all. – Robert Hunter
Inspiration, move me brightly – Robert Hunter