It’s a Mystery!

There’s no way of knowing how a session of Touch Drawing will affect you. In Bee’s case it helped this poem to come through. In my other life I offer monthly Touch Drawing circles as Crafting Your Soul, in County Fermanagh for creatives and those who are, but don’t consider themselves creative for we are all continually creating ourselves & our lives.

Sojourning Smith

Some people might call it inspiration. The actual process of writing can be a bit of a mystery.  Personally, I think writers are magpies. We collect shiny things – like ideas- and take them back to our lair and then we rearrange all the shiny found objects and re-purpose them. So the poem I wrote this week has been constructed out of just such found objects: a question someone posed on Facebook, a memory from grade school, a deep conversation with a good friend, a personal musing on the nature of trauma and survival.

Inspiration for writing can be that random. But also, perhaps, it is best to just give the brain a rest. And I ‘parked my head’ yesterday and tried some art in a workshop led by a friend, Morag Donald, of Crafting Your Soul.

I cannot draw. But I love visual art. I love colour. In my…

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