The Power of “A Wish”

With writing, as with music, I am always looking to improve my chops.  And with writing as with music I do this by branching out and trying to read more.

I bought my wife an iPad for  last Christmas and to date she still likes to use her computer and hasn’t tried using the iPad.  My guess is she will when the old laptop final gives out.  I’ve found the iPad to be great tool to use myself.  Especially if I have a little down time I’ll use it to find poetry to read on line.

I figure just like listening to all types of music, I can improve and grow my writing ideas by reading various pieces and works.

I seem to have a thing for the Victorian era poets.  Must be the romance in them and the romantic in me but I guess my wife wonders where that part of me has gone sometimes.  But the romance in the poems isn’t necessarily the romance between a man and a woman, it’s the romance of living.

I have mentioned before my love for simplicity and how I believe less is more.

With writing just as with drumming I want to strive to say as much as possible with as little as possible.  I don’t always succeed but I try.

During one of my research and reading poetry sessions I came across a nineteenth century poet by the name of Matthew Arnold.  The poem I read was titled “A Wish”.

It deals with his wish to have his death not be a drawn out morbid affair, but more as Christian values would imply a celebration of moving on to God.

In the poem were two lines that I found very powerful yet very simple.  They stood out and I made sure I wrote down and remembered his name and the poem title because I knew I would want to go back to it again.

“I ask that my death may find,

the freedom of my life denied.”

When I was younger those two lines would have been something I would have read one time and moved on but now that I am older the power of those lines speak to me.

It talks to me about how death, or the hope that death will set us free from all the struggles, burdens, heartbreak and the mundane and sometimes all consuming task of surviving and providing. The hope is that it will set us free to finally pursue our passions.  I think we all hope and want to believe that it is true.

What is great about those two lines is that he said all that and then some.  Each person who reads that can insert their own perspective on the freedom they seek each day but yet the tasks of life deny them the ability to pursue. And he said it with just two elegant lines, thirteen words.

This is what I am trying to strive for in my writing.  Say so much with so little with such beauty.

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