A Recovering Writer

by Lee Scott

Having just finished distributing my “Rhythmic Reflections”–
with no new material since 2010—
I had decided not to pursue such a manner of self-expression
but to return to simple, narrative journalizing.
Until, that is, I attended Tucson’s “Festival of Books.”
On Saturday, April 9, I was fascinated by two UofA professors,
each reviewing one of their publications—
one on pre-Reformation Savanarola in Florence, Italy;
the other on the Jesuits in the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
The next day I was intrigued by three authors
sharing experiences, suggestions regarding the writing of biography—
one of these being Doug Brinkley who had done a bio of Rosa Parks.

While waiting for their presentations, however,
I began browsing thru a personal journal I had with me and had used in the past.
Though there were blank pages available for new material,
the early pages included jottings dating back to 2006.
One such was from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar:”
“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of this life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”
That evening, after going to bed,
I was overwhelmed by the rush of words and images
leading to what follows.

My ‘internal writer’ had been aroused,
the ideas were flowing again,
and I was being prompted way beyond ‘simple journaling.’
In the rush of prompts and related thoughts
the image-maker within was proposing a three-part development of ideas.
This, in turn, put me in mind of the three traditional ‘movements’ in a musical concerto,
and so I kept listening.
There seemed to be a recurring theme
having to do with humanity’s struggle to achieve unity, respect for the whole—
a verbal concerto, if you will, in three movements
with foundational declarations and social responses
in spite of struggles and challenges,
concluding by affirming the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace!
We’ll just have to wait and see
how this Verbal Concerto, “On the Unity of the Spirit,” evolves.

[Lee Scott, April, 2013]

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