Deep Down in the Dirt

 

Olive Tree

I want to be
like the olive tree
that grows on the mountainside
wild and free
and when the tourists come,
trampling on my roots,
wondering
how such a tree
can cling to the earth
with such tenacity,
I shall simply ruffle my leaves
coquettishly
but deep down in the dirt
beyond the rocks and scraggly grass
water flows,
the elixir of life
eons beyond the reach
of seedlings.

 

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IWSG – Validation

In preparing for this month’s IWSG post, I serendipitously came upon Michelle Wallace’s Seeking Validation as a Writer. I’ve used “validation” a lot these past couple weeks in conversations with family and friends (when I told them the awesome news that one of my poems will be published this fall!). As a new writer, I think publication and validation are almost synonymous. Almost because there’s a niggle in the back of my mind which filters out “always”. You see, I’d LOVE to get published and will continue to feel ecstatic when acceptance emails/letters find their way to my inbox/letterbox. I’d also love to have my poems strike chords with readers. But, ultimately, even if neither happen, I’d still pick up my pen and scribble. Because writing, as with photography, is how I filter the world. I am an artist (this was hard to say!).

What about you, fellow writers and photographers? What gives your work validation?

 

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