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Poem: "The Spring-Fed Spirit"
I was reading this post by suricattus and it got me thinking...

>> These aren't fresh-water springs that miraculously refill. <<

When she said that, I realized ... mine is. That doesn't mean I never pour anything into it on purpose, but rather that I absorb inspiration from everything around me, all the time, quite naturally, without requiring any explicit effort. It's fun to make the effort sometimes, which is why I do things like my Poetry Fishbowls. But I wouldn't have to.

The metaphors we choose to describe ourselves, our journals, our lives -- they shape our experiences. What Laura said is true for some people, but not necessarily true for everyone. There are different kinds of wells and different kinds of inspiration. Sure, it's good to seek out new experiences. But if I were cut off from that, my soul would still be full.

My Muse drinks from Chalice Well.

And thence came the icon, and this poem.


The Spring-Fed Spirit


Our brains are The Well. The story [the conversation] is a bucket. We dip and filter, pour and drink. Wells aren't self-maintaining, though. A lot of people make that mistake -- "here's your formal education, your well is filled, go forth and spout off." These aren't fresh-water springs that miraculously refill. Go to the well too many times with your bucket, and it can run dry.
– Laura Anne Gilman, LiveJournal 9/8/08


Not all wells are created equal.
There are wells of stone and wells of earth,
wells lined with brick and wells lined with moss.
There are wells of narrow pipe pierced deep to the waterline.
There are cisterns filled only by water poured in from above.

My soul is not a cistern.
My soul is bedrock and springwater.
My inspiration is squeezed upward from the earth.
My stories spout from a spring-fed spirit.

My Muse drinks from Chalice Well.
She cups her hands in cool water
and admires the music as it trickles free.
My Muse plays naked in the rain
and does not fear the wind.
My Muse eats snow in winter,
sips fog in springtime.

All the water in the world
is hers for taking.
All the words that touch water
anywhere on Earth
may float upward to the daylight of my lips.

Oh, I could pour tapwater
down the well of my soul…
Oh, I could go down with a bucket
if I wanted to drink dust…

but I’d rather lap from my bare hands
and let my listeners kiss wildness from my lips.

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haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: September 11th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for beauty.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

SQUEE!

I love this picture. It's as much fun as "You have made my brain explode!"

I'm glad you enjoyed this poem so much. I had fun writing it. Sometimes I start a reply and it turns into a poem -- this is the second time it's happened this week.
chlorophyta From: chlorophyta Date: September 11th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Muse plays naked in the rain
and does not fear the wind.


I particularly like this bit. That whole stanza really evokes some nice sensory images and feelings. =)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Let's say we inspire each other, my Muse and I. And I love using sensory cues in my poems. It's not rare for me to make a point of including all five in a poem, sometimes verse-by-verse.
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From: minor_architect Date: September 11th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really did enjoy reading this poem! I especially liked how you mentioned various forms of water - rain, snow, fog - and linked them all back to the water within your "Chalice Well." It immediately made me think of how streams and rivers continuously feed our lakes and oceans. It may sound odd to some, but I find that to be a very comforting image. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

All water is one Water. The Earth has a hydrosphere because all the water is connected in single vast cycle. People who have never been told this are merely ignorant; people who have been told but do not believe it are fools.
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