In Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, L.L. Barkat tells us that “writing starts with living” (29).
Summer is full of opportunities for sparkly living—whether it’s morning walks when the sun is just shining through a million drops of dew, afternoon swims with “diamonds” glinting across the pool, or evening meals unfolding beneath a fiery sunset.
Of course, there’s also vibrant life to be had in seeing July’s fireworks or making your way through the light and shadow of the tents at your local farmer’s market. Even the smallest trips can give us fresh eyes and a new spark when we return to our writing chairs.
Reading Gerard Manley Hopkins, one gets the impression that he spent as much time out of his writing chair as in it. For example, take a look at this famous sparkly, speckly poem…
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
—Gerard Manley Hopkins
Take a little time to engage in some sparkly living this week—whether it’s at the fireworks, the farmer’s market, or on your morning walk. Pay special attention to what glints and gleams, sparkles and speckles, or… explodes! Then try writing an ode to whatever enlivened you most.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from L.L. Barkat that we enjoyed…
in their own
a round promise
only some of which
I will ever