Of writing*

Writing Down the Bones

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Of writing
she says:
Free your mind—-

That is,
restrain the censor,
that voice that says “Don’t!”

And retrain your child
to be unmindful,
to speak its mind.

But on these days of writing
(Has the fog lifted?),
I say:  Abstinence seems key.

Empty your days.
Quiet the heart.
Go hungry.

To write wide-eyed,
you wait wounded.

(Upon reading Natalie Goldberg‘s WRITING DOWN THE BONES)

*This could be about praying too.

2 Comments to “Of writing*”

  1. “To write wide-eyed,
    you must wait wounded.”

    Wow, tinamaan po ako dito, Fr. Johnny. I couldn’t write lately. 😦
    I’ll remember this. Thanks po or sharing. 🙂

  2. Really beautiful, Fr. J. But so restrained and lonely. Almost sad. =(

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