During Laura Shovan’s February Poetry Project (absolutely fabulous), I was introduced to REST -
random episodic silent thought. I learned from an article on the Power of Positivity website titled
“Neuroscientist Explains Five Secrets of the Creative Brain” that most of our creative ideas come
during this state.
This explains why many of my thoughts come when I least expect them - during quiet walks by myself, driving in the car, drifting off to sleep, and washing dishes.
The other night I was at the sink. The water was running, the television was on in the background, and I was scrubbing away. All of a sudden, a thought began to form in my head, and then it shaped itself into a line.
I turned off the water and walked to my desk, repeating it in my mind so I would not lose the words. I sat down to write my first skinny poem that started “80’s hair was permed long locks.” I continued to write another skinny poem beside it on current hair trends.
I finished up feeling quite accomplished. I wrote a poem in a new-to-me form. One of my goals for the evening was done.
I returned to my task at the sink. The water was hot, and the dishes were disappearing. Much to my surprise, another idea and line popped into my head - “I can’t believe it was you, dad, that tried to fix my betrayed heart.”
Off I went to write a golden shovel poem, another new form I learned during the February Poetry Project. Three poems were written in one night.
I have prepared myself for these times of REST. I keep a journal by my bed, in my bag, in my purse, and in the car. I even use my phone now to record my ideas when I don’t have a notebook.
I will REST more and welcome these thoughts with a notebook and pen close by my side.
I am excited to be participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge!