The Push Pull of Love
Within my novel I’ve been attempting to show the universal experience of pain, regret, love and family. Suffice it to say, far too often these topics tend to drudge up my own personal experience with these same issues. Essentially, this is where I use my poetry as a cathartic process of releasing the things that weigh heavy on me.
So, in between my novel-writing I’ve been working on one particular poem that speaks of my own intimate experience with the push-pull of love, anger, longing and desire. Honestly, I’ve been having a lot of difficulty with it. My words have been feeling like a tangled web of hair, unable to comb through. This is where music often helps me…it puts me in the right mindset.
Pandora, my iTunes and CD collection are always on or within reach. I’ve even gone as far as using my ‘Sound machine‘ app on my iPhone to use as I write. Depending on the particular scene I’m working on (hospital setting, outdoors in a park) I pick from the various sounds they offer. There I have a sampling of thunder storms, forest sounds, rain falling on a tin rooftop, traffic and distant train sounds. It may be a bit weird but for me it helps.
For my novel and this particular poem the song below is always looping in the foreground. I feel like the music embodies the idea of leaving behind while moving ahead. You can almost sense the movement as you listen… well at least I do 🙂
I hope you enjoy it.
“Untitled #4” (a.k.a. “Njósnavélin”) -By Sigur Rós
The song had a Hollywood debut in the movie ‘Vanilla Sky’ during the final scene.