Saturday, June 16, 2012

i am... the words they gave me

Looking back, I'm not sure why I initially resisted trying Liz's Word Toolbox prompt. I mean, for a literary lass like me (who is also open to serendipity and synchronicity), what could be more fun than pulling random books off my shelf and opening to a page to discover a message from the universe?

Today, while my little 'un played Build a Robot on the computer, then watched Opera Australia's rendition of "I am a pirate king" from the Pirates of Penzance, followed by the Three Little Bops, I merrily plucked books of the bulging shelves of my study/studio to see what delights were in store.

My intention was to paste each word into a double-page spread in my journal entitled "i am". And this is what I was given, in the order in which I received it:

scorched (Mary Oliver Red Bird)
made (Leonard Cohen Stranger Music)
real (Patti Digh Life is a Verb)
mother-of-pearl (The Essential Rumi, ed Coleman Barks)
alone (Sue Monk-Kidd The Secret Life of Bees)
thoughts (Christine Mason Miller Ordinary Sparkling Moments)
creative (SARK Succulent Wild Woman)
other (A Joseph Campbell Companion, ed Diane K. Osbon)
intelligent persistence (Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cubley Life, Paint and Passion)
mornings (Salomon Grimberg Frida Kahlo: Song of Herself)
first (Mireille Giuliano French Women Don't Get Fat)
coins (Twyla Tharp The Creative Habit)
not (His Holiness the Dalai Lama Freedom in Exile)
original (Ray Bradbury Zen in the Art of Writing)
clunky (Sabrina Ward Harrison Spilling Open)
enigmatic (Dorothy Porter On Passion)
feeling (Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
culture (Fiona Robyn A Year of Questions)
starting (John Green The Fault in our Stars)
music (Jonathan Franzen Freedom)
temper (May Sarton Journal of a Solitude)
action (Fernando Pessoa The Book of Disquiet)
both (Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible)
mindful (Wayne Muller Sabbath)
everything (Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
bright (Edmund de Waal The Hare with the Amber Eyes)
rushing (Allen Ginsberg Howl, Kaddish and other poems)
nice (Siri Hustvedt The Sorrows of an American)
undergoing (Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses)
me (Helen Garner The Spare Room)
struggle (Patricia Donegan Haiku Mind)
triangulation (Paula McLain The Paris Wife)
moments (Gianni Menichetti Vali Myers: A Memoir)
hot (Nam Le The Boat)
devoted (Patti Smith Just Kids)
flames (Ted Highes Birthday Letters)
seeing (Collected Poems of Constantine Cavafy, ed Edmund Keeley)
again (Barbara Hodgson The Sensualist)

It's hard to put into words how I felt when I saw this list in its entirety. Reading each word, preceded by "i am" felt like more than poetry.

It felt like a gift.

1 comment:

  1. This is amazing and illuminating. I am SO doing the Word Toolbox. I bought a new red moleskine today, it seems like the perfect thing to fill the first few pages with :)