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Thursday, January 26, 2006

25 Reasons to Keep Writing























1. because I can't draw very well
2. because other people are doing it better
3. because dinner's not ready yet
4. because there's time
5. my mother's jubilant emails
6. the weather makes for perfect metaphor
7. I'd forget otherwise
8. it makes sex better
9. because it's not just about the desire to please
10. because of the impracticality of yearning
11. because of love
12. because I want to remember everything
13. spontaneous, lucid epiphanies
14. the infinite alphabet of words
15. because I don't know what else there is
16. because I'm awake enough to pay attention
17. poetry and song and the deliverance of prayer
18. because sometimes I can't bear to be alone
19. the pure delight of invention
20. the long, steep climb that burns the lungs
21. the fever of midnight
22. all the precipices I want to edge away from
23. because when it works, I'm flying
24. the soundless, opalescent moments of sheer wonder
25. the electric possibility of getting it right, and the smaller, quiet beauty of almost.

10 comments:

la vie en rose said...

and i would add...because if i didn't i really think i just might implode or explode one.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Keep writing for those 25 reasons and more, and for no reasons at all!

snowsparkle said...

23, 24 25 YEAH!!!! :) I'm loving your lists!!! xxoo-snowsparkle

C~ said...

Love the photo.
Love all the reasons more.

Stef said...

#16 - because you are awake enough to pay attention - I love this. I want to be awake enough to pay attention!

steph said...

and because reasons create and recreate themselves daily

Jenn Higgins said...

beautiful maya.

Judi said...

All this and because you want to share the moment with someone.

Of all the reasons you wrote, for me it is the 'yearning' that touched me the most.

I yearn. I want to connect with more of what is. Does that make sense?

dweezila said...

uh yeah, and also because you're so freakin good at it. Think of your readers baby. What would we do without you?

mikaelah said...

this post really spoke to me and the ones following on lies. I wrote my own list after reading yours and it really opened me up more to myself. thanks for the inspiration and leg up.
-m