Friday, March 2, 2012
As I mentioned Tuesday, I have a lot of things plaguing my mind and spirit lately, most of which I can do nearly nothing about. Truth is, I spend way too much time stewing over problems that affect but don't really belong to me. What's more, waiting for the "other" shoe to drop when you aren't even the person wearing the first one is an exercise in high blood pressure, and who needs that?
If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's this: You can help the people you love most by doing whatever it takes to keep yourself afloat in deep waters. Going down with their ship is never a good outcome. Better to keep your decks dry and your cabin clear so they will have a safe haven when they need one.
With that in mind, I am doing what is always good medicine for me...taking on some new projects and injecting new life into some old ones. My friend, Anita (the photographer I collaborated with on His Children) and I have decided to put poems and pictures to favorite Book of Mormon scriptures (her idea, and I jumped on board immediately). She is one talented woman, and I love working with her.
I have also decided to submit some of the story poems I've written for my grandchildren to a few good publishing houses. I've never really explored this avenue, and I have amassed quite a lot of material that just might suit a publisher's fancy. So, why not? Could be fun, and I need the diversion.
I also need to get going on that Christmas book I keep saying I'm going to compile. I have so many poems, stories, and songs that it's ridiculous, and I really like the idea of putting them all together in usable form.
Finally, I plan to upload about a hundred more poems to my poetry website, which has been getting short shrift lately in favor of this blog. With traffic for the site growing steadily despite me, it is finally beginning to fulfill the measure of its creation, which was to serve as a resource for people seeking accessible poetry for non-commercial use. Right now, there are 233 poems available there, and they range from the sublime to the ridiculous. There are poems for children and adults, speakers and teachers, readers and leaders, lovers and others. In fact, just about every topic imaginable is covered in one way or another, and I need to pay more attention to making susannoyesandersonpoems.com everything it was meant to be.
Creativity is happy work, and it keeps me out of gardens other people should be tending. Don't get me wrong, I'll always be standing by with a watering can...or even a shovel if needed. Supporting the people I care about is what I do best. Having said that, I don't need to be stealthily stalking their seed beds or peremptorily plowing their fields when all they want or require is a cool glass of lemonade. And I certainly can't quench their thirst by drinking that lemonade for them.
Too many people I love are having hard times right now. That's just how it is, and I can't fix it. But maybe I can create some happiness around me. And share it.
You know what? It works.