Capturing the Creative Craving

Children at the edge of the North Sea, Hornsea, East Yorkshire, England.

This year I’m determined to concentrate on my creative needs. I write and I take photographs. I also love making pictures with pencil, pen, and paint, though those skills I’ve yet to hone.

So, these Wednesday posts will display my efforts in this direction. Providing motivation to produce something new every week, in whatever medium takes my fancy for those days. I hope my efforts will inspire, entertain, provoke or, at least, provide something worth viewing. I’d love your feedback in the form of comments below. And, if you feel inclined, please share it using the buttons down there. Thank you.

Today’s efforts: a simple photograph taken on the beach of a seaside town where I went to school and a short poem on that childhood experience. We lived out of town, in a railway wagon perched on the very edge of the crumbling cliffs.

A Seaside Childhood

Bare feet scrunching grains of gold
Sea that crashes dashes splashes
On a brown dark crumbling cliff of clay
To climb and wonder at the far off
Flashing storms on the horizon

Running funning sunning under cloudless blue
Chasing waves as exploring braves
Skimming flat stones counting bounces
Castles built of cool damp sand and shells
Barefoot walks along the beach to school

And best our Bohemian home on wheels
Iron discs once that ran on iron rails
Now in grass stuck in a quiet field
Granddad’s wooden steps of green climb to
The old Pullman coach edged upon the cliff

Three years unrestricted open bliss
Mother shading seascapes on hard board
Father roaring off to work on two loud wheels
Kids allowed to roam with not a fear of adults
Skipping running playing laughing under sun.

8 thoughts on “Capturing the Creative Craving

  1. Stuart, would you please submit an article on writers making their creative needs a priority for the “WE PAW Bloggers E-Zine: Creative Toolbox” issue? I think, for creatives, doing that is as important as any form of self-care.

    The submission directions and submission email are in the “Creative Toolbox” document found in the menu to the left of the group main feed in “Files.”

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    1. Thank you for the invite, Momzilla. Unfortunately, it came at a time when many other things were demanding my attention. One was a sudden stroke suffered by my sister, which rather put other things out of my mind for a while.
      Since visiting her and discovering her state is no longer life-threatening, both my wife and I have had illness to deal with. So my attention has been diverted in other ways.
      But I came across the notification of your comment this morning whilst trying to make some sense of the emails in my stream as a way of getting myself back on track. I’m on medication that makes it difficult to concentrate at present – an attempt to end the chronic back pain caused by a recently-discovered trapped nerve. Trouble is, it makes the mind a little foggy!
      I suspect I’ve missed the deadline of your proposed piece. And, of course, I’ve neglected the idea of doing the creative stuff each Wednesday. Your email has been a useful reminder. If I can just get on top of this medication, I might even be able to do some useful work again soon!
      Apologies for the lateness in response.

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    1. Words are powerful: that pen really is mightier than the sword, when viewed from the wider perspective. And, as writers, we wield those words to maximum effect, I hope!


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