“In God’s name and under the stars what for? For joy, for kicks, for something burning in the night.” -Jack Kerouac. I finished reading “On the Road” earlier today. I had been meaning to read it for years, and finally got around to it. The timing couldn’t have been better. What an adventurous story. The magic is in the details. I’m wondering if there are any drastic differences in the “original scroll” version which I read, compared to the 1957 edition. I enjoyed being able to read the story with the actual names. Of course seeing the final line read, “I think of Neal Cassady” instead of “I think of Dean Moriarty” would probably make a difference for some people. None the less, what a powerful thing it is to have such a complex person in your life. It’s true isn’t it? There are some people that come into your life and make a mark on you. Their always going to be there in your mind. You’ll always think about them. Neal Cassady seemed to be the type to set ones soul on fire in a inconsistent way, but that was the beauty of it.
One quote that really stuck out to me as I read was, “At the end of the American road is a man and a woman making love in a hotel room.” Even though there is a lot of explanation surrounding that statement, I couldn’t get my mind off of it. It’s one of those sentences that I will write in my journal, stare at, and pick apart for the next few weeks. On the Road is far from a love story, but there are tons of moments that focus on relationships. In that particular instance, Jack is talking about his wife. However, I think that a lot of us can relate to a statement like that. When you cut it down and peel back the layers, he’s talking about a reality that most of us have experienced. Sure, there are many joys in life, but there are certain things you can’t compare. Sometimes it’s the simplest of statements that create the most meaning.
Overall, I’m so glad I took the time to detour from my poetry books to read “On the Road.” It is a book that I will remember forever.
Until next time,
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ― Charles de Lint
I stumbled upon this quote the other day, and truly felt connected to it. Despite all of the hectic madness going on in my life right now, I’ve been blessed with moments and people that remind me how great life is. It’s important to stay positive no matter what. There is a bit of magic in every day, and I’d much rather focus on that.
My inspiration has been mostly steady since my last post. I find myself scribbling down ideas for poems quite often. As far as completing poems, I have a couple drafts that I’m making progress on. The point is, I’m so happy to be writing again. Perhaps I will share something on here in the near future.
Until then, I’d like to share one of my favorite Robert Frost poems with you. It’s quite fitting for the picture I posted above. It’s called, “Birches.”
You can read the full poem here: Birches by Robert Frost
While I enjoy the whole poem, I’ll share my favorite part below.
It’s when I’m weary of considerations, / And life is too much like a pathless wood / Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs / Broken across it, and one eye is weeping / From a twig’s having lashed across it open. / I’d like to get away from earth awhile / And then come back to it and begin over. / May no fate willfully misunderstand me / And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. / Earth’s the right place for love: / I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
There’s so much truth within those lines. I think we’d all like to escape for some time when life’s beaten us down, but the truth is, there is beauty in the breakdown. There’s growth and many new adventures.
Until next time,
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep moving forward. Never give up on your dreams! I know I’ve been sharing a decent amount of quotes on here, but I really do love turning to the masters of literature for a bit of inspiration. =)
Until next time,
“Get it down. Take Chances. It may be bad, but its the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner #amwriting
I’ve been focusing a lot on being positive and exploring things that help that part of me to flourish. While on my search, I encountered this quote. Thought I’d share it here to spread the happiness! =)
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”-Buddha
Be Positive. Believe in yourself & your dreams. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down!