“How vain it is to sit down to write…

17 Mar

….when you have not stood up to live.”

–Henry David Thoreau

Lately, I’ve been heeding the wise and ignoring the written word for live action. Hence the online absences. Small efforts have been hugely rewarding and blessings are a-plenty. But since my words have long morphed into compulsive exhibitionists, they’ll pop up, I’m sure, for their 5 minutes of hula in the bloglights. Oh look, here they come already!

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You and I were meant to write. Like children with goodie bags, we have our clutch of juicy words. They drip-ooze-squish into our sensibilities.

You and I were meant to write. Even if we scratch mere half-pictures into the chalk-dust, for the other, it’s one sketch too many.

You and I were meant to write.  For speech has long been overrated. And the most precious words are deciphered, not intoned.

You and I were meant to write. So our silences don’t get cranky. And crackle at the corners and curl inward to eat themselves.

You and I were meant to write. For all our claims on the nether regions of madness, the world demands one token streak of sanity.

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13 Responses to ““How vain it is to sit down to write…”

  1. Aunty G March 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    “You and i were meant to write”
    But somehow you seem so right
    While i go limericky
    Sometimes sticky and icky
    You’re always our blogworld’s light and delight!

  2. Nitya March 18, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Welcome back! 🙂

  3. wordjunkie March 18, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    You and I were meant to write
    But sometimes, the muse doth bite
    The hand that feeds it.

    Get Ghattu something soft and cuddly.. I recommend me !!! (yes, I’m still working on that plan to steal him away)

    Big hugs and warm wishes to Ghattu from the Imp and her mom

  4. In love with my life March 18, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    “For speech has long been overrated. And the most precious words are deciphered, not intoned.”- loved it, loved it, loved it!!

  5. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? March 18, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    It’s when the words
    threaten to bubble
    over
    and out
    of me;
    when I realise
    that I have
    no control
    over them;
    that they are not
    content
    to nibble
    on my brain,
    swim
    in my blood,
    hiss
    in my ears

    that I realise
    that they
    are not mine;
    that I have to
    let them go
    to live.

    Dear OJ,
    You are brilliant. I’ve said so before and I will say it again…please publish a book of poetry!

  6. Nino's Mum March 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    does this mean you’re working on giving us your version of the compiled wordly wisdom of the wise?
    May there be more to exhibit soon.
    Have missed reading you. Hugs.

  7. Orange Jammies March 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Aunty G: You flatter me so
    But this I do know
    And I say what I mean
    You’re the limerick queen
    Your 5-liners always flow!

    Nitya: Thenkyoo. Hadn’t gone too far, actually. 🙂

    wordjunkie: Ahem. I’ll have you know that you have stiff competition in the soft-and-cuddly department from Ghattu’s mommy and masi.

    In love with my life: Glad to make you happy.

    M4: In a couple lifetimes, p’raps. 🙂

    Nino’s Mum: Nought o’ the sort! But hugs right back.

  8. Anindita March 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Nice! 🙂 “the most precious words are deciphered, not intoned”…how lovely and true.

  9. rahul March 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    You and I were meant to write
    Definately made my day a tad bit more bright 🙂

    nice blog!!!

  10. dipali March 21, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    You were meant to write
    And I to read you, the light
    Of the monitor suffices
    For words so bright.

  11. rajni March 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    :)The words are as much needed as the action.
    Navroze MUbarak!!

  12. Orange Jammies March 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Anindita: Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

    rahul: Thanks, Rahul.

    dipali: Wah, wah!

    rajni: Navroze mubarak! 😀 Hugs to R & N.

  13. Piper.. March 26, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    and I`m back.
    “You and I were meant to write. For speech has long been overrated. And the most precious words are deciphered, not intoned.”

    How true,OJ! How very true! Yet another brilliant piece of work!

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