I write

I woke up from a nightmare today–the kind of nightmare that doesn’t stop feeling real, even after you’re awake. I found a comfort in writing that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I thought I would share what I wrote down.

I write the characters that are stronger than I am

Who fight the demons that I can’t

I write characters that face darkness, swallowed whole

But are never overcome by it

Characters that are wildfire, a blaze that can’t be put out

When my own flames have died down

Who are a light and warmth when I feel dark and cold

Who feel like home when I have none

I write characters that open my eyes, make me see the world beyond the page

In new shades – black and white and every brilliant color in between

I write to breathe, to live

When I’m not strong enough, and when I feel stronger than I’ve ever been

To dull the aches, and relish the highs

This ink is my blood

And every word makes me feel more and more alive

VED

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8 thoughts on “I write

  1. I write to give meaning to things that have none, to get closure when I can’t move on, to find order when everything around me is chaos, to tell the truth about things I had to lie about, to say goodbye to the people I had to let go, to forget my mistakes when it’s too late to go back. But I’m a writer, therefore I can never really forget. So, maybe, I write to forgive.

    You write beautifully, by the way. 🙂

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  2. Over the past year I had been going through some stuff, and in the climax of it all I had a really horrifying nightmare. I woke up in the middle of the night and had two thoughts. “Oh my god that was awful” and “what a great story idea!” so I wrote it down and made a short story from it. The thing still needs some edit work, but just writing it gave me a new perspective on what I had been going through that caused the nightmare in the first place.

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  3. The interesting thing about writing is how compelled we are to turn to it for relief. Be it emotional turbulence or stagnation, the first thing I feel innately called to do is WRITE (even if I’m not writing about anything specifically).

    I personally consider that a mark of a true writer — and that’s obviously what you’ve done after your nightmare. Even though it must’ve been horrible, it did succeed in impelling you to write some very pretty words. 🙂

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