Beauty in the Pen
That song with the awesome beat you are rocking out to, listen to the lyrics for a moment. What is being said in between the rhymes? Is she telling you about her broken heart? Is he sharing his dreams with you? Is she apologizing for the mistakes made? Is he asking forgiveness for walking away?
Now to a slightly different topic…… (the great) William Shakespeare “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”, in this piece Hamlet, prince of Denmark is writing to Ophelia, love of his life, how much he loves her. Telling her to question the truth of everything except his love for her. The stars might not shine, perhaps the sun doesn’t move, maybe a truth is actually a lie, but his love for Ophelia will always be true and never changing. Would you have the courage to tell someone these things? Could you find the right words to adequately express your thoughts?
Would they come tumbling out of your mouth only to lay in a heap at your feet?
Perhaps hidden in the rhymes of a poem and metaphors of a song, are all the things we wish to say aloud but never will. There is where the beauty lays. Digging a little deeper we find the honesty of pen and paper (or keyboard and screen in this case). The pen giving a voice and life to all the things never to be spoken, the paper becoming they’re home and sustaining life. In the words of Maya Angelou “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.
There is bravery to be found in writing. Creating the world we wished we had. Where our thought could be spoken and heard, where love lasted, and beauty radiated from everything. So listen to what the lyrics aren’t saying. Read between the lines. But more importantly pick up the pen and tell the story. There is magic in the pen and new worlds on paper, find them.
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” ― Joss Whedon.