Stoke the fire
inside till it's burned
the light steels
your heart, becomes its own source
hungry, full, and fed.
© 2011 Maureen E. Doallas
I've been a writer my entire life. Writing requires work and discipline, and no little perseverance, even now that I'm "retired". What I've never questioned is my confidence that I write well, or that writing sustains me, is fed by its own source. The day I think I have to create enthusiasm for what I do is the day I will stop writing. My passion's sufficient in the doing.
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I'm participating in the Domino Project's #Trust30 challenge, an online writing/reflection initiative for which a prompt is posted daily. All of the prompts to date are here.
This poem* is inspired by the 22nd prompt from digital entrepreneur Mars Dorian:
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" is a great line from Emerson. If there's no enthusiasm in what you do, it's won't be remarkable and certainly won't connect with people on an emotional basis. But if you put that magic energy into all of your work, you can create something that touches people on a deeper level. How can you bring MORE enthusiasm into your work? What do you have to think or believe about your work to be totally excited about it? Answer it now.
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* This poem is written in Shadorma form. The six-line stanza follows the 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllabic pattern the form requires.
I've used all the #Trust30 prompts as inspiration for new poems. My responses to prompts 16-21 are:
Choosing What's Inside
The Seventh Day
You'll find my response to prompt 15, "Truth Be Told", and a list of poems for prompts 1 - 15 here.