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The Cracked Kettle – Quotes for writers – Part 1.

“Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity”.
Gustave Flaubert

 “Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer 

 “Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.”
Andre Gide

The Dreamer Lost in the Forest of His Thought

He planted words,
casting them upon the page
as seeds are cast onto the wind
to spawn, like trees,
to form a copse of concepts,
a grove of notions.

Each word took root,
grew up and out; each sapling
drawing in the essence of the world
to branch, to limb, to leaf,
all wrapped and greened in thought

Transforming concepts
as chlorophyll transforms sunlight and water into life
until each reading glowed a different hue
and sang upon the lips
like sweet or bitter sap

He lived surrounded by that grove
all shaded and concealed behind
the walls of word and would and could
that grew up from the form of thought,
his thought, upon the page.


One Response

  1. I can see there is so much to this. So much more, waiting in the garden, waiting to be tapped.

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