Bold Ideas

Just DO something. Take the idea and run with it. 

"'Poets and children,' said Sylvan. 'We are the same really. When you can't find a poet, find a child. Remember that.'"

(The Poet's Dog, 4. By Patricia MacLachlan)

My first ideas for 2018 are to write more poetry and read more books that move me, not the books that I feel forced to read because the writing is beautiful and the author received an award. I am not very good at writing poetry, but what I know is this: that poetry takes time because only the right words can be used. Brevity, and poignancy--this is the goal. How do I write stories that last? I write the truth, and the most important parts of my life experience. The other parts are just for me. I must only tell what is necessary. Everything else can rest beside.

I have a friend I have never met before and he lives in a very warm place, very far away. When we write short messages to encourage each other to keep living the good life--the life of faith in God, led by the Spirit--it is usually him who says "simplify." Let everything else go. 

Now I know that not everyone believes in a very good God, so it's hard to write the words, "simplify" and "just focus skyward." But I suppose I still can say that. And whether or not you see or believe in anything beyond you, looking above you will remind you how very little you are, and how very far you have to go to get above the ground below your feet. Maybe, the thing to remember is that it's okay to be grounded. It's okay to be walking, and seeing, and hearing. It's okay to be on the earth, for now.

Just so long as you find people. And love them, simply. 

That is my last idea for today. Love people, simply, not for me, but for them. 


The Poet's Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan. (HarperCollins, 2016). Buy it here. says about The Poet's Dog: "From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love." 

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