The brain for all its complexity has no imagination. Only the soul has imagination, the link from the stars to the earth, from God to the future. Quicken the malaise from my thoughts. Divulge the possibilities to come. Remove me from this cramped perch and straighten me. Shove me against the wind and permit my spine to bend. Quell my heart and start it again with a new beat and fresh blood. Each moment about which I write, launch another to witness. Wipe the grit from my eyes.
Ah, vision. Imagine what I can do now.
Just a Thought, 3
Painting Roses by P. S. Kroyer, 1893
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.
Unless a person has lived completely alone in a cave from the moment of birth, no one is a “self-made” person. We stand on each other’s shoulders and by each other’s sides. We follow often and occasionally we lead. Great leaders push those behind them to the front and thank them for the privilege. Great followers listen attentively and contribute selflessly, providing the scaffolds from which others soar. We all weep when one falls, triumph when one succeeds. Eons back and generations forward, we are less unique than we are connected.
So here is me speaking to each of you, and there are thousands upon thousands of you, who have given me a chance to do, teach, question, paint, examine, think, repair, learn, share, imagine, correct, love, be, stand. And write.
Thank you, strangers, friends, and family.
Just a thought, 2.
Painting: A Young Girl Reading a Letter with an Old Man Reading Over her Shoulder by Joseph Wright of Derby, circa 1768.
United States public domain tag: any work first published without copyright notice prior to 1978.
Writing is a solitary and lonely endeavor, splitting whole language into parcels meant to invite strangers into our homes where we must become the lifeblood of the party. Even when we might like to take shelter in the darkened corner.
Just a thought, 1
Painting: Rest by Wilhelm Hammershoi, 1905. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.