Myosotis inhalation

I will find my way from snow
I just need some fresh inspo
Where are you beauty
Where are you love
I always expect you to be shining from above
when in fact you’re usually
deep within
the quietest darkest place I’ve been.

Let us hunger not, for
the food of the spirit
is housed in the root of us.

I return to that place
I once joyfully lingered,
then too-soon forgot;

that place between all,
and the bell-chimes of naught;
that place of dreaming ne’er-distraught.

And once seated solid there
I take a draught
of deepest blue

I enter the Now

that Then begot

and find the Love

that Remembrance sought




Image: “Forget me not” (myosotis), by Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor, via Pantone Canvas

37 thoughts on “Myosotis inhalation

  1. “deep within
    the quietest darkest place I’ve been.”

    and it is damn hard to accept the quietness and darkness if that place
    first-order creativity seems to run away from that place
    second-order creativity might help us stay there


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      1. During last week, I have been editing a text of mine. It is about to be mailed to my writing group. The editing has progressed in eight rounds. During the last two, I have processed my own way of expressing myself. I found far too many lofty statements. That is statements like “is reasonably important” instead of “is important” and poetic excursion where a specific choice would be appropriate and of value to the reader. At the end of the eight-round, I ended up feeling desolate and sorrow. Today I had a dialogue with my brother about this experience. From him, I learned that such an emotional reaction might well be an indication you have done something of real importance to yourself. After an important breakthrough, an emotional recoil might show up. – Does this answer your question? ./Göran

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        1. Ah, okay… so you mean perhaps, that first-order creativity is the original creative impulse, and second-order creativity is perhaps self-awareness of our own processes and understanding… does that jive?

          Either way, thank you, Göran, because your story helped me to understand something about my own recent creative history. I recently had a breakthrough or understanding, however, it was sad. A character I had imagined, an imaginary friend, or muse, let’s call it, but placed upon a living entity, had disappeared, because I’d realized that they were in fact a construct of my own imagination and not real as I’d imagined them to be. I’ve had several of these, and only one has disintegrated in my mind, however it was the one that was generating the most creative output. Around the same time, my mother also died. I am going through grief on these two counts, but perhaps I’m somewhat in denial and wanting to race through it a bit, or perhaps even revert back to old ways of thinking and believing. Your story helps me understand, somewhat like my own poem does, that I need to dwell further in that place of grief, in order to move past it and further evolve, rather than rebounding to a previous state. Again, thanks Göran for the further explanation.

          But can I also venture to say, that subjecting one’s poetry to eight rounds of critique could be devastating for anyone? Poetry is very personal, this one I created in a short span of time (30 minutes, including finding image to match), if I had subjected it to critique, I would not have published it, yet I feel it serves me some purpose, and who knows, maybe it serves some other person too. yes, it’s not perfect by someone’s standards; but perhaps it is perfect to another person’s; and at a certain level, poetry can’t be judged; it just is some flowering substance from the heart; at least, hopefully that’s what it is.

          your FIW, Nadine

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          1. Yes, poetry is personal. But reading someone poetry cannot be too personal. For me, it is one of the hardest things in writing poetry to maintain the connection with that personal core while still trying to make it understandable to a reader. At least my years in poetry has told me that. – My comments about first- and second-order creativity came out of an experience in writing prose. /Göran

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            1. Well, on that count I completely agree. We have to be able to understand the poem; trying to put the pieces of it together like a puzzle is not the kind of experience I like to have when reading poetry. I like when the poem rather solves a puzzle in my own mind, instantly bringing already-known misfit pieces together into a kind of sparkling symmetry

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        1. Ah, okay! Wow…. that’s really interesting. I wonder if they can both be employed during the first draft, as I feel does sometimes happen – passing from 1st order (distracting oneself with employing some creative act) to 2nd order (shifting within the creation process to actually examining and then moving through that issue)

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        2. Hi Göran Stille,

          Thank you for your explanation, though one can see that the terms “1th order creativity” and “2nd order creativity” do lack self-explanatory power and cogency.

          There are better ways and certain conventions in naming things or concepts. Perhaps your terms can be called “issue-avoidance creativity” and “issue-handling creativity”.


          1. Dear Sound Eagle.There is a point in what you say. But there is also a point in not having the concepts self-explanatory. It will give the reader more room to apply and train his or hers own association and thinking./Göran

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  2. Maybe I say I want to scrutinize what I use my creativity for. The part I call first-order creativity is the one that gives immediate satisfaction through distraction. In my case, the second-order creativity is the one I connect with staying upfront with that quiet and dark place down there. After some time really important answers or stories arrive. /Göran

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      1. Hello, dear SoundEagle, DLOWF is an acronym invented by Göran, spur of the moment, in reading my previous comment, which contained the phrase “dear longest online-writing friend.” Thanks so much for your visit and your kind comment and question :))

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