Point of View

Point of View
and if you wanted to drown you could, but you don’t...~David Whyte

Saturday, December 7, 2013

From This Broken Hill

     If It Be Thy Will by Leonard Cohen has been speaking to me lately and I recommend listening to the song (posted below.)

     I am writing memoir and Cohen's song pretty much describes my writing process.  A memoir involves taking the stuff of one's life, as though clay, and creating a third thing with it, hopefully art.  It involves telling the truth, a loaded subject in the world of publishing over the past decade (another blog post altogether.)  
    I agree with those who say truth is critical in memoir. However, it is emotional honesty I am striving for; no, not striving, rather, it is being demanded. It is not facts I am concerned with or some chronological rendering of the events of my life, it is some deeper truth.

      I now understand what writers over the ages have referred to as the muse.  My muse requires from me not only honesty, but a true voice, although I am writing from a broken hill, as Cohen sings.  I am writing to end the night...to let the rivers fill.  I am not in charge.  The muse is and for that, I am grateful.

     Each day, before writing, I light a candle.  I play this song.  I ask that mercy spill onto the page, that my burning heart be made well. I ask that the tattered rags of memory be clothed in light.  I ask to be let to sing.

     If it be Thy will.

1 comment:

Camera Obscura said...

Kelly, This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. Your thoughts on making art with the clay of your life are profound, and the letting go of chronological rendering and other false truths--better known as "fact"--in order to allow the real truth, the emotional honesty, to come through, is a duty you as a writer take on with courage! xo beth