Monday, June 22, 2015

Could've Been

In a span of about 15 minutes and a few prompts, I wrote a piece to tell the story of a struggle that is not my own.

It started out with my showing her a different piece I had written which brought out a rather intense reaction from her. It was to be expected. That piece was the voice who is the subject of the piece below. So I asked her if she wanted me to write something for her, and she gave a slight objection, insisting that it'd be a pathetic and sad story. I knew it'd be sad, but pathetic? Nah. So I asked for two emotions, and as she spoke, I wrote. The result is what we have below.

When I sent it back to her the emotional response I got indicated that it was a success. 

That's what art should do, I think. It should rip you up, tear you down, drag out every bit of color you've been hiding away and translate itself in a way you've been feeling and expressing all along, even if it's created by someone else. 

I think it's odd sometimes that the things I write are rarely happy and lighthearted, yet somehow, in a way, once the words become the darkness the inspiration has been carrying, they themselves are left void of the weight.

I guess that's why art can be great therapy.


  1. I love heart wrenching writing... it brings up so many emotions that we try so hard to bury... we need to bring it to the surface to grow from it. Your writing is powerful and full of emotion.. ♡

    1. Totally agree. Thank you Launna, you are so sweet!

  2. It's really good. You did really well at conveying the emotion, the disappointment and sadness. I like it!

    And I totally agree with your thoughts about art. If executed successfully, it's one of the best forms of therapy.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Lacey!

      And another thought about art and therapy - the two going hand in hand would explain why so many talented artists are some of the most damaged people you will ever meet.


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