I is for…

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.



Isn’t this quote beautiful? I got this one also from 365 Days of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  

Having our own alphabet with which to write poetry is so beautiful and so empowering. We all have within us the tools to create something wonderful. We all have our own voice, our own perspective, our own story that makes up that alphabet. Whatever your poetry, you have what you need to make it. 

As a writer, I love this because it’s a reminder that no one else can write exactly what I might write. A favorite writing quote tied to that comes from Charles De Lint: 

Don’t Forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

Another great quote in this same vein is from the fantastic Neil Gaiman: 

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

As Gaiman suggests, this needn’t be limited to writing exactly, whatever your poetry may be, you have it in you to make it. 

I heard on the radio this morning the story of a hole in one by 75 year old veteran golfer, Jack Nicklaus at this year’s Masters. Prior to playing that day, an interviewer had asked Nicklaus if he was going to make a hole in one. He replied something to the effect of “Sure that sounds good.” Then he goes out and makes one! I’m not a golfing follower, but I would say that was pure poetry. Something also tells me Nicklaus had no doubt he had the alphabet for that poetry, either. 

So what will your poetry be? It makes me think of one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies, Dead Poets Society, where Robin Williams’ Mr Keating gathers the boys into a huddle and quotes “Uncle Walt” (Whitman) to them, then says:

“That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

What will your verse be?