Music

This is a poem that my friend Joseph and collaborated on last year!

Nelly:

The summer breeze
Reminds me of the music in my soul
Warm, quiet and flowing with ease
A sweet sound that leaves my ears
yearning for more
It is my haven on a blue day
Invigorating my spirit, body and mind
Keeping the world at bay
And going on an adventure with me to the other side

Joseph:

My soul is led on to another place
where
the sun keeps shining when all around
me are heavy clouds
My secret escape, free for all yet free
from all,
Butterflies rocking my stomach each
time,
My lonely heart within the moment is
filled with the warmth of
companionship
I can’t help but be glad that I’ve been
kissed by the sweet, tender and
magical
lips of music

Nelly:

I am captivated by the rhythm
In love with its purity
In music i find an identity without
shame
And in it i am relieved of my insanity
i speak my heart in its lyrics
live my life in step with the beat
it lifts me up with its sopranos and lets
me down easy with its bass

Joseph:

Rhythm and pure sweet melody are
the
color of beautiful life,
that only the eyes of my ears can see,
my heart sighs and can feel all,
like tiny bits of sandy grain at the
beach,
each note makes the scenery beautiful,
reminding me to forget all the sorrow
that this world can boast of,
Even in light of the deepest darkness,
music makes my heart see all that can
be
and is well,
oh what a blissful thought,
that all can be well despite the pain
and
hurt,
all i can be is grateful that i had a
chance
to listen to the melody one more time.

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Writer’s Block

Firstly…

WHAT IS WRITER’S BLOCK?

Dictionary.com describes writers block
as ‘a TEMPORARY condition in which a
writer finds it impossible to proceed
with the writing of a novel, play or
other work’.

From that definition, i understand that
writers block is temporary and in my
world, ‘temporary = less than a
month’. It should not last longer than
that. Period.

From my angle, i would describe
writers block as ‘a period of time that
ranges from 1 hour to 1 month in
which a writer feels lazy to write’. In
my understanding,writers write. It
doesn’t matter what. If you are a
writer,you have to write. In the same
way, if you are a teacher,you have to
teach.

Why 1 hour?
I personally set aside at most 1 hour
everyday to write. Doesn’t matter
what. I just know that during that
hour, i have to write something even if
its lyrics to a song that i like.

CAUSES of Writers block

1. Lack of inspiration- i don’t agree. As
a writer,i believe i can derive
inspiration from anything. From that
boring sunday i lay around doing
nothing to that moment i hear birds
singing, rain on my window and
everything seems to be in sync.

2. Distraction-choosing to write at time
you are supposed to be doing
something else. You might succeed at
first but along the way,something has
to give and i’m guessing it’s the
writing. In so doing,you might lose
sight of the big picture of what you’re
writing and if that happens then
everything goes KABOOM…

3. Feeling paralyzed by previous
success-it’s kind of expected of human
beings to exist in a state of
progression. If you write a good piece
today,you are expected to write a
better piece the next day. I have to
admit, i have experienced this
sometimes. I would write something
that i feel is the best i can ever write
and so this keeps me from writing
something new for fear of failing but i
know i’m not there yet and so i try and
try and i am still trying.

4. Physical illness- this is
understandable.

5. End of a relationship- this shouldn’t
cause one to deflect from their passion
as writing is and can be a release for
all that pain you are keeping closed in.
In fact, talking about it helps you heal
that much faster.

6. Financial pressures.

7. Depression-maybe this can pass off
as a legit cause but it depends on how
severe the depression is. If all your
life’s work is in some way
damaged,lets say in a fire then
YES,you have every right to be
depressed.

8. Sometimes writers feel what they
are writing seems to be beyond their
ability. I’ll tell you what i always tell
myself; ‘it’s all in the mind’. Have the
right approach towards life.

Remedy -write! If you fail just keep
trying.

Don’t Tell Me To Follow My Heart

I can not recall the many times I have been at a cross road in my life, gone to my friends for advice and they tell me to Follow My Heart!
I have never given much thought to this till a friend of mine recently updated her facebook status saying “don’t tell me to follow my heart bc you will be shocked”.
I didn’t comment on that update and I did not ask her what she meant by that but that statement caught ny attention.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized the same could be said about me. I have a tendency to do what people tell me NOT to do. No, I am not disobedient. I just think its fun shocking people because these days, almost every one walks a tight rope; some people can’t even take e a joke.

Anyway, every time I went ahead and followed my heart; I wound up getting hurt which left me at this conclusion: My heart does not know what it is doing!
I know when people tell you to ‘follow your heart’ they don’t mean it literally but if they did, I’d tell them my heart has no legs and so can’t move unless I do. In that case, how can I follow something that is totally dependent on me for movement?
With that said, please take note that I use my mind for thinking and not my heart so next time someone wants to suggest to me a body part I should follow, I recommend my brain.
😀

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What The Artist Said To Me (Part 1)

The singer

I will sing to you
How many have done that for you?
None, I presume
Don’t assume
Just let my voice
Caress you
You have no choice
But to let me love you
Like no other has
All they have been is a farce
I will be real
I will steal
away your frown
And drown
It in the music
That our love will create

The writer

I will re-write
Your story
And make everything right
All those sorry
Moments will
Fade away
And a new day
Will dawn on you but only if you stand still
And let me love you
My words will soothe
Your tired spirit
They will smooth
All the rough edges
In your life
Forget about the past pages
That have caused you strife
For I am going to erase them all
And my verses will be the poetry in your soul
I will fix you up
Lift you up
And treat you like the princess you are

The painter

Look at me
Straight into my eyes
I want to capture the sea
Of tears
You have cried
Let me add color
To your life
Help you live a fuller
Life
Life isn’t black and white
Its colorful and bright
Green and yellow
Look up from below
The sky is blue
And the clouds are full
Of happiness
Just for you
Won’t you let this stress
Go?
Let my paint brush
Outline your body
Fill it in the right places
I see the beauty in you
The smile hidden in your eyes
I will capture that and
Make you my master piece

To Be Continued….

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