Writing Demands Passion.

Via Edie Lazenby
on Dec 27, 2012
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My mentor told me about 30 years ago if I could put the pen down I’d be “cured.”

It’s a tough concept to wrap my head around, then and now. I love to write. I love to talk. I love to take an image or a word or a thought or a feeling and see what I can learn. I love to learn.

Yet, would I be cured? Would I have exorcised my demons enough to not need the process? The fact is, the process is what holds me. And maybe my mentor was speaking of poetry specifically. I don’t know for sure.

I met him once a week in his room and he taught me.

He taught me to think, I mean really think. He taught me that when I lie to myself the poem lies. He taught me to stand tall in my light when I did not know I was surrounded by shadows. He taught me to express myself. He taught me to write poems in one sitting, by writing and writing and writing. He taught me to produce now, edit later. He taught me without my knowing it that the key to life is in loving the self. He taught me to listen to my heart. He taught me what Ezra Pound knew: Great poetry is full of meaning. And poetry without music is prose

He never asked for anything, except that I write.

And he told me, as I tell others, you gotta write a lot of crap to write anything good.

He asked me why I wrote. He told me if I wanted attention I could stand in the road and scream.

My brother, an artist, told me as I was drinking booze into nothingness and living to “be a poet” [and escape life I might add] that I could become well known or not: the process is the same, between me and my Muse.

So I ask myself, to share with you, why do I write?

I write because that is who I am. I have been writing poems my whole life, or since I was nine. I write to understand myself. I write to find answers. I write well, or think I do, because I do it often. I write to uncover what is buried. I write to cry and I write to laugh.

I write because when I was forming into the individual I am there was a voice I could not hear that no one else heard that got rooted deep down inside of me and as I grew, the voice grew, found meaning, learned to listen to a part of me that was dying literally for love and life, a voice that wanted to be heard, if only in the echo of my Muse.

I write because it is not just who I am but how I am.

I used to think no one “knew” me unless they knew my poetry. I know better now: a poem is like a breath, a moment, a time to inhale what is so the exhale can give back its life. Sometimes my poems are dark. But I love the dark; I love drama; I love tragedy.

Humor, now there’s a challenge. I admire those who can make others laugh with their writing. Crying is easy. Aren’t we all on an edge somewhere inside where the tears are just waiting, with or without reason, to release the grief that comes with a heartbeat?

So do I need to be cured?

I don’t think so. I need healing, but we all do. I write because it makes me feel good. I do yoga because it makes me feel good. When I teach kids I ask them: “Why do we do yoga?” Of course there are no wrong answers: but, I say, because it is healthy, it is fun and it makes you feel good. And both writing and yoga do all three, for me. How about you?


Ed: Brianna B.

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About Edie Lazenby

Edith Lazenby's first love is poetry. Her second is yoga. Life unrolls in ways she could have never have imagined. She loves to love and live life daringly. Leap and the net will appear is how the saying goes but they don't tell you what to do after it disappears. Edith lives in Baltimore with her cat, Cucumber. She works all the time, it seems, these days. Life is good. Blessings are many.


25 Responses to “Writing Demands Passion.”

  1. Such wise words! I think we have a lot in common.

  2. edie says:

    Thanks Malin…

  3. I'm glad you write. You do it so well! I have writer's block. Maybe I'll write about that.

  4. edie says:

    Thanks Lynn!!!!

  5. laydowninthetallgrass says:

    This is fantastic, Edie! Thank you for the inspiration! ~ Bryonie

  6. edie says:


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  8. Edward Staskus says:

    Healthy? I am always having to straighten myself up as I write, hunched over my legal pad, and get up from my chair and away from the Mac to stretch, so I would say it is not the healthiest activity in the world. Fun? Dinner with friends is fun. All alone at my desk hunched over a legal pad with my Mac staring me in the face is not fun. Feels good? What feels good about writing is finally being done with it, having finally made something that makes some sort of sense.

  9. edieyoga says:

    I write cuz I love it. I stretch and do yoga often. I write when I want to write. The deadlines are my own. I love poetry and the process for me of poetry and what I do here is healing….I like the process of writing, not just when it's done. One piece may end. But there's always more…just wrote another…
    Everyone is different and that's the fun of sharing….different person, different window….thanks for sharing..

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  11. monicamjohnson says:

    Lovely piece!

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  13. @valkyreens says:

    I love this – thank you!!

  14. smallgrl says:

    Reading this just inspired me to write more about writing on my blog (and everywhere else I possibly can).

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  15. jill says:

    I love this! Thank you

  16. Edie says:

    Thanks so much!

  17. Edie says:

    Write for EJ!!! Thank you.

  18. Edie says:

    Thanks so much.

  19. SolsticeSon says:

    Very nice–thanks for sharing. I resonate with the feeling. Although I don't write poetry (yet?), I find writing, from start to finish, to be enlivening and curiously mysterious as words form. It's an art, a skill and more that takes practice and speaks to each person differently. In regards to Staskus's comment above, I, or anyone, can write anytime and benefit from the inspiration and stimulated intellect it brings, while spending hours away from the chair biking, snowboarding, hiking, out with friends–you name it. Keep it flowing.

  20. Edie says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. So glad you liked the piece and found it inspiring….Keep on keeping on. It's fun to do and I learn so much in the process.

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