art / novel / writing

Open the Cages

escaping jail!

I watched this video the other day about fear and permission. Chris Guillebeau quoted a lovely poem by Hafiz.

The small man builds a cage for everyone he knows while the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful, rowdy prisoners.

I think to write well, we have to have the keys and not hold onto them too tightly. Is there a poem or phrase that captures something of how you feel about writing? Are your characters beautiful, rowdy prisoners?

5 thoughts on “Open the Cages

  1. From Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”:

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    This always makes me think of a tradition among Native American rug- and blanket-makers (Navajo? I forget) — something like, they make sure to include some imperfection in every rug’s design, because making it perfect would be trespassing on the gods’ territory. But nobody thinks those rugs aren’t works of great beauty (and function!).

    I’d love to write a Navajo blanket of a book!

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