Cafe Writing: Thursday Threesome

“There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.” — Charles Baudelaire

Onesome — to Know: We all have certain truths that seem to live inside us, whether they’re born of faith or art. What’s one thing that you absolutely know in your bones? My bones tell me lots of things these days – like when its going to rain, when I’ve been sitting at my desk too long, or when I’ve overdone it with the weeding or bike riding.   They also tell me that we, as a people, need to care and respect each other more than we do.  It could solve so many problems if we all learned to live in harmony.

Twosome — to Kill: Are you the type who walks spiders out of the house in a glass, or do you see a bug and stomp it? While there’s nothing of the entymologist in me, my tender heart extends even to members of the insect kingdom, so  I’m loathe to kill them.  Luckily my husband has no such compunctions, so he gets that job around our house.  What would incite me to violence?  Someone threatening my family, or my dogs (who are my family).

Threesome — to Create: What is your favorite creative outlet? What have you created lately? For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved making up stories and playing music.  I crave those things, just like I crave coffee in the morning or wine at night, the sound of the sea or the comfort of my husband’s arms around me.  An hour at the keyboard – piano or computer – can dispel the cares from the worst of days.  It “feeds my soul” as my piano teacher used to say.

How about you?  What are your answers to the Thursday Threesome?   Join me on  The Patio for Cafe Writing.

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2 thoughts on “Cafe Writing: Thursday Threesome

  1. Hmmm… I believe I’d like to make Baudelaire defend that thesis! My initial reaction was, “That’s not so!” But no, I haven’t quite figured out why.

    But the questions are interesting.

    What do I absolutely know in my bones? That life and living are a mixture of good and bad, but that good will triumph in the end.

    Do I stomp or succor spiders? If it’s about to walk into my varnish, it’s dead. If it’s living in a corner of my house, it’s lucky. If it doesn’t bother me, I won’t bother it – as long as I can identify it. If it looks weird, it’s a goner.

    What is my favorite creative outlet? Conversation. Good conversation – the combination of blog and comment, especially. That’s probably why I’ll never attempt writing a book. I love the opportunity to use writing as a jumping-off point rather than an end in itself.

  2. Oh, good questions! What do I know — that things always get better, even when you think they won’t. That most people are basically good if you allow them the opportunity (OK, I know — I read too much Anne Frank as a kid — and she had it right); and I know that every day I will learn something new, whether it is as predictable as a skill or something new about a person or see something in a new way.

    Killing bugs? I’m pretty good at that — though a lot of them I’ll just let run. And if I catch the mouse before the Gyp, we (meaning I) walk it a few blocks away and let it go.

    My favorite creative outlet? Well, despite the fact that I am continually up to my eyeballs in glue or fiber, that’s probably cooking. I always feel as though the weekend is incomplete if I haven’t cooked at least one nice dinner or something good to take elsewhere!

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