Tuesday Tidbits #55


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!


“I” is not required to represent self in literary works. It is simply a first-person perspective. Too often we refrain from first person out of some fear of self-assumption. We should not. First person storytelling provides a powerful platform for description and internalized thought. The reader truly feels like they are seeing through the eyes of another.

Every writer lives in a glass house and we are abhorrent to throwing stones.

When we remove the ability to communicate verbally from our society, we are left with little recourse but action. Action taken in pursuit of varying beliefs has been the root of every violent act. We cannot afford to lose our ability to talk and, more importantly, listen to each other.

I do not worry about writing “good” poetry. I just write poetry. Whether it is deemed good or not falls to the reader. It takes a lot of pressure off.

Sometimes people mistake my ignorance for humility. No matter what praise a poem may get, I never really know if it is any good. And that is a requirement for being anything less than humble.

Poetry is not form, or meter, or rhyme. It is language. It is expression. It is art. And like any creative medium, it cannot be bound by want, wish, or desire. It finds its own path, breaks all the rules, and is more beautiful for it.

Writing is something anyone can do. In that way, it is like fishing. But it is the poet who catches the fish.


Now get out there and write something!


16 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #55”
  1. beth says:

    I do not worry about writing good poetry…… great and you do, in spite of that

  2. jonicaggiano says:

    These are all beautiful and wise quotes Brad. Your poetry always moves me. I have never met you in person yet I feel I know you and that you are a wonderful blessing in my life. I appreciate writing from the “I” perspective as I agree it is so much more powerful. Poetry is our art and I wish I could honestly say I write just for myself but I do wonder what people think perhaps that is my vulnerability and some insecurity. I hope one day I will feel more like you. I would probably be a much better poet if I did.
    Your tidbits are like little bits of golden wisdom. Thank you for sharing such honest and kind wisdom with us.

    Sending you extra love ❤️ and hugs 🤗 and a magic carpet so you can visit your sweet sister anytime you want to. 💕🤗❤️🌸🌻🌹🌺🌼Jonikins

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I like the analogy of writing and fishing. Even if we aren’t experts, it’s fun to give it a go.

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    The poet catches the fish. Brilliant! One of the greatest quotes I’ve ever read reference literature, writing or poetry. Congratulations my friend! Genius!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    let’s hope we will always be free to talk, but more importantly, also be willing to listen to each other…

  6. kristianw84 says:

    Love, love, love these!! The next to the last tidbit is my favorite. Anything that breaks the rules and refuses to conform piques my interest.

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