Tuesday Tidbits #45

Welcome to the limited series, Tuesday Tidbits. A collection of quotes to provide inspiration, determination, and elevation. I hope you find something that brightens your day!

Editing poetry is tricky, but often a necessity of working in collaboration. Even in original works, it rarely boils down to the need to add words. We all seem a bit verbose to start with. It is the removal of words that is the hard work. My only advice is do not fall in love with a word. Fall in love with the concept. If the expression remains clear and powerful, let the words be what they may.

Just so we are clear, as much as I love poetry, there is nothing as powerful as a short, handwritten note left by a loved one. It shows the strength of emotion over eloquence. They are the greatest poetry.

I have said way too many things about the written word. But the only one I know true, more than all others, is that the check mark on a ballot is the most powerful form of expression we have. Do not forget the duty that comes with hallowed right.

In every person there is something about themselves they would be uninclined to share. Something intimately personal that cannot bear revelation. As writers, it is our job to find ours and share it for the pearl it is. We are tasked to show that a little light cannot kill you and no one suffers alone.

Sometimes you feel like a poem you have written is just like an ugly baby. Nobody wants to admit it is ugly, but it is. They just don’t say anything because it is a baby.

Travel is the greatest way to recognize our global humanity. In every culture there is a thread of commonality that is human struggle and existence. We become more alike and less different when we see ourselves reflected in so many faces.

Writers, for whatever reasons, are desperate for words. Whether to prove our existence, heal a pain, leave a memory, stir a cause, love another, or change the world. We speak out in the only way we know how. With the language we are given and the power that it holds. We, in our desperation, scribble our hearts upon the world.


Now get out there and write something!


12 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #45”
  1. beth says:

    Handwritten notes are among my favorite things. I still love to write them and receive them, I am always taken by surprise when one arrives

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    You are so right about the handwritten notes, they are the most intimate and direct forms of poetry. I learn much from your tidbits my friend, and for this, I thank you very much! All the best, greetings from Europe 🙂

  3. There are a few little gems in this week’s Tidbits!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    All of these tidbits are gold! The personal revelations, casting our ballot, handwritten notes…..
    Every single one of these struck a chord. I need to turn to you more often for inspiration. I have been very disappointed with my creativity lately. Thank you for sharing these!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    The one that speaks to me the most is the thought about travel since I will always maintain that as much as people try to put us into separate groups, we are far more alike than different. If we ever get to the point where we all truly are equals, that will be a day of universal celebration.

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