236. Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale till its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is not always words.
Poetry is a layering of meanings…
Poetry evokes emotional or sensual responses…
Poetry creates musical or incantatory effects…
Poetry forms connections not previously perceived…
~Audrey Foris

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There are “wordless voices,” as Foris suggests, and they speak in a variety of ways.  Some are heard in music instead of poetry while others are witnessed in the spectacle of a drama or ballet, or they may be perceived in the steps and rhythm of a dance routine.  Humans can’t help but find a way to express what profoundly breaks into their inner silences and urges expression for they, being made in the image of a limitless Creator, are innately creative in some way.

As for me an artist or a poet I am not, but the desire to be gifted in such a way inhabits my soul.  I’ve tried my hand many times at being both but any real talent for either continues to be imprisoned within me.  So now with no “appropriate liberator” in sight I try only with my camera to satisfy the yearning of my incarcerated artist, and from time to time, at least in my own eyes, I achieve a marginal level of success.  How could I not for in its vast array of choices, the earth is a wondrous wellspring even with nothing more than a point and shoot camera.  As for my jailed poet self, her craving is partially satiated because life and the natural world have a way of writing their own poetry even in a photograph and because accomplished others have published readily, accessible poetic works.

So God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.  ~Genesis 1:27  ✝

9 thoughts on “236. Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale till its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Pingback: 236. Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale till its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | Sacred Touches

  2. I totally understand your quasi frustration of self expression and need for a creative outlet. I had always wanted to write, having wished I had gone into journalism when I was in school rather than opting to go the way of education. That is one of the reasons why I began the blog—wanting to try my hand at writing topped off with a bit of picture taking.
    I think you are doing a wonderful job with the imagery of your words as they touch the heart of your readers so vividly and softly—
    hugs and love—cookie

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    • That’s interesting, Cookie, because if I had to do it again I would choose photo journalism. I’m glad you began to blog because you do a great job with your posts and photos. Thank you so much for your kind words about my attempts. I especially like the idea of touching hearts vividly and softly. May we both experience great success for the glory of God with our blogs in this new year. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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  3. You’re far too humble, Natalie. I think you’re very poetic but there’s no point comparing yourself to other poets because poetry finds its own expression depending on your personality. No two poets are the same and you’re an artist with your camera too!

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  4. I paint, draw, photograph and create to build, but writing to a high level has always escaped me from my own self critical look. I have had stories published though. To turn phrase so to speak where it becomes memorable is not what I feel I can achieve. But like you, I never tried to “liberate” anything within, but just did it without thinking I couldn’t. Even if I did not succeed, I did for myself, which means in reality I was successful. I guess if one wants a career in a creative field, the passion must follow, but for one who takes on a creative endeavor and is filled with passion about it, that is success in itself. I feel and have said your writing is very poetic. You do possess the ability to turn a phrase. That makes a great writer.

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    • How kind of you, Donna. Like you I’ve tried my hand at all those things too. I tend to be too much of a perfectionist and have to try to keep that under control. I appreciate your encouragement. I think we both do a pretty good job of turning a phrase and taking photos. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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