Mythos & Marginalia

life notes; flaws and all

j.g. lewis

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a daily breath...

A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .

communication

Sadly, our voice
is not always
strong, or not always
there ,when it
is needed.

It is hard to know
what to say, or
how to say it,
so often we
remain silent.

Silence stops the
process of
communication,
but it does not
stop the thoughts.

08/09/2022                                                                                   j.g.l.

Mondays are just young Fridays

A sign I’ve been glancing at, daily, since I noticed it a week back at a regular coffee stop where I try to begin my day with a dark roast cup of bravery.
   I try to take the time, every morning, to scribble out my current considerations, deliberations, and contemplations on images and memories that have come to me in my dreams and in reality.
   If your first meal of the day is the most important, shouldn’t your first thoughts be as well?
   Take time to write them down. It’s important. What you are thinking affects how you continue to navigate your self through the coming hours or weeks.
   “The bravest thing you can be is yourself.”
   How much courage is required to make it through the remainder of the day? Is a single cup of coffee enough to provide the fortitude required to step further into the day?
   It’s a good start.

08/08/2022                                                                                         j.g.l.

cloud songs

   

       Often we find promise
in the unexpected, only to be
   disappointed by the reality
          that presents itself.

    Tomorrow lacks the
certainty of yesterday,
but leaves enough room
       for hope.

What will this day provide?

08/05/2022                                                                                     j.g.l.

I'm like a pencil;
sometimes sharp,
most days
well-rounded,
other times
dull or
occasionally
broken.
Still I write.

j.g. lewis
is a writer/photographer in Toronto.

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Mondays are just young Fridays

Posted on August 24, 2020 by j.g.lewis Leave a comment

I wrote a song.
   No, actually; I wrote the words to a song, the lyrics to a melody.
I contributed to a song.
   It was an exciting (at times frustrating) process, working with a structure developed by someone else; working with another person’s art.
   Actually it was interesting, and exciting, working with someone else on a common creative goal. I don’t do it too often.
   Writing is, generally, individual work. It can be isolating. You spend plenty of time by yourself dealing with situations or stories that only you know.
   You own the work. For the longest time, only you know the work.
   When you collaborate you have to open yourself up to the thought process of another person, accept another point of view and ideas you may not have considered.
   This song has been going on over the past couple of weeks.
   Physically distanced, I have been working with a musician who needed words to some work. We share files and email and talk it through when possible.
   There has been a lot of back and forth, each step advancing the total work.
   When a structure already exists, you have fewer choices on how you create.  You have greater challenges; the process challenges you.
   I don’t understand notes and chords, but I hear the spaces where words are required. I know words. I am a poet.
   Yet, although similar, lyrics are not poetry; not really.
   There is more of an adherence to a rhyme. The words have to fit.
   You must be responsive to a melody and the meter.
   You must be responsive to another artist’s work.
   Until, all of a sudden, it becomes yours.
   You have shared in not only the process, but the results.
   It is a rewarding process.

08/24/2020                                                 j.g.l.

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