24.1.11

I dream of...

I've been inspired by Liz an awful lot lately. She evokes such powerful feelings in me, yet does so using very few words. Please stop by her place and read for a spell. You can follow her on Twitter at @ArtemisRetreats.


I dream of...
Writing incredible things
Of reading and swooning over words on a page.
Of black ink on my fingers and pages full of my messy handwriting.

I struggle every day to
Coax my words out,
I {try to} stare down Fear
Look him in the eye
Directly, without faltering
And say,
"Fuck you."

I struggle every day to
Shove aside Worry
I push away from his tears and frowns.

I struggle every day to
Ignore the malicious whispers in my head
And pray to the Gods of Inspiration instead

I struggle every day with the knowledge that
You will read me only when you feel like it
And you may not like what I write.
But that's not the point.

The point is that I had the guts to put it out there.

35 comments:

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I like your guts and your dreams. You will get there, Erin. Keep on writing. There's some wonderful things ahead for you.

tsonodablog said...

Exactly the point! Good post, Erin.

Wahzat Gayle said...

I get that dream... I have it too.

I believe in your dream because you have the stuff to make it happen :D
Happy writing

blueviolet said...

Yes! You have to do it for yourself or none of it matters.

Evonne said...

Having the guts to put your writing out there is the first step. And you need to do it for yourself before anyone else.

Cathy said...

Having the guts to put it out there is the hardest part. Knowing that someone might not like what you have to say or might offer criticism that you don't want is hard to think about. Keep writing, keep putting it out there, you'll find that the support you get far outweighs the criticsm.

JadeLD said...

That's a beautiful site, thanks for the recommendation - I'm sure I'm going to get lost again there later.

I love the way you're put your thoughts and feeling into words today, you should do this more often. I too believe in your dream.

So Who Is The Crayon Wrangler? said...

Oh I know that "Worry" guy. He slinks around here a lot just looking for the weak moment.

I'm sure there is something really cool and inspirational I could have written to you...if I HAD GOTTEN SOME SLEEP!

See ya in a few days and maybe I will have the words then.

Megan Matthieson said...

Yes you did! xoxoxox

leigh said...

I love this!

DaisyGal said...

I will always love everything you write. It's all honest, it's all beautiful and real...just like you. :)

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Keep dreaming, keep writing and keep staring fear down by looking him directly in the EYE!

Mindy said...

I want you to know that I am always reading, Erin. Some days I just don't use the comment box because I feel like I don't have anything to add or contribute at the moment. But I'm reading.

singedwingangel said...

Sweetie if someone cannot see all you put in such a few words they are morons or illiterate one of the 2. Beautiful. I think like you I find it so much easier to write my stuff rather then speak it cause some things are too painful to give a voice too

nacherluver said...

Love it!!!!
...and relate

From Tracie said...

having the guts to put it out there...that really is the whole point of this blogging thing.

You've got the guts. Fear is on the run. Worry is leaving. Courage is all that remains.

KittyCat said...

I love what you write.
It takes a strong person to put it all out there.
even though it can be kinda scary

Karen Sharp said...

Staring down Worry... that's one of my own biggest challenges. Worry sits on my words a lot, its big fat body not letting any air get to them.

Thank you for your fierce championing of putting words out there.

MiMi said...

The last thing you said is the most important thing to remember, friend.

The Drama Mama said...

Do you have any idea how beautiful your poem is? How very well its describes EVERY writer's dream?

I'm glad you are writing, and I'll be reading.

Anne said...

Writing is definitely not for the faint of heart! YOu capture that so well in your poem. We put ourselves out there on the page every time we write and that is hard! But don't worry, you've already got readers! Keep writing (:

Leighann said...

I love your writing Erin, your honesty is what keeps me coming back everyday!!
There's a Stylish Blogger Award at my site for you!!
http://multitaskingmumma.weebly.com

Liz (artemisretreats) said...

Oh Erin, you are the one that inspires me, your writing is so wonderful. I am extremely humbled by your recommendation & your kind words. This poem is perfect. It is you. Thank you. I bow to your greatness.

Veronica said...

Right on sister. I am thankful that you share your beautiful gift with the rest of the world. Your words are powerful and inspiring.

The Empress said...

You will overcome this struggle, I feel it.

There's just too much positive energy coming your way from us.

That will drown the else out.

I just know it.

KLZ said...

You have guts in spades

I know your writing isma struggle...but maybe that's what makes it so good?

Snuggle Wasteland said...

Just keep putting it out there and keep writing. Your words are your weapons against the fears and doubts.
xoxo

Nancy C said...

Me too, sweetie. Do you see the comments? Do you see how much you're loved?

Xoxoxoxo

Lady Jennie said...

That's right baby - get it out there!

Paul Steele said...

Absolutely wonderful,
Great thoughts written in such a lovely way.
Thanks Erin

PBJdreamer said...

Erin

This is just gorgeous


thank you for your inspiration

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Erin, we think you are already there. And will read every post you struggle to write and will love you even more.

Have you read Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird? I highly recommend it.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

The point is exactly to put it out there and to practice and to push our limits. Keep at it Erin!

tulpen said...

No guts no glory right?

Jessica said...

Okay, you are seriously a crazy-good writer with a big case of self-consciousness, I can only diagnose because I suffer the same. Your writing is beautiful and I hope you can be raw and honest and truly, you are my new favorite and I can't wait until tomorrow to read more.

 

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