What is Creativity?

I’m brainstorming, so don’t expect anything

That you are used to seeing

Everything has been tussled and trundled

Not going down but not up either

Random thoughts from an open mind

Going over the steps from within

But the route is always changing

I spent many years training myself

To look at things differently than anyone else

On the fringe, but just barely sometimes

That’s the way to open doors

The trick is to understand that what you see

Might not be what you wanted it to be

I like to think that people want to have fun

So I paint things with a colorful brush

That’s the spark to me, and my creativity

I feed the fire with other things

Like perspective and singularity

Narrowing things to a single molecule

And then back to universal expectations

See the potential where everyone else sees obstacles

It’s like hurdling through a coloring book

It’s O.K. to color outside of the lines,

Just make sure you stay on the page

Making sure to keep your sanity

And not get lost in the abyss

Where your creativity gets stifled

Changed through surrendering your brain

To one of the five deadly diseases

The tunnel vision of Internal Myopia

Or the dreaded Ostrich Syndrome

Refusing to acknowledge roadblocks

Hoping they somehow just go away

Or hardening ourselves until we cease to dream

Psycho Sclerosis slowly closing of the mind

Or when we stop listening to what’s being said

And replacing it with an echo chamber

That’s known as Feedback Immunity

But the worst affliction

One that can be an addiction

Where we stop the process

It’s a horrid case of Expertitis

Shudder to think that any of these

Could ruin my creativity

Luckily I haven’t lost my desire

To keep my open eyes seeing

And my open heart believing what I see

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “What is Creativity?

  • November 8, 2021 at 7:18 AM

    Well said Ralph. Reasons for creativity seem to be many but you have described your creativity well. Jamie

  • November 12, 2021 at 8:37 AM

    Nice work on this Ralph. I love your creativity and uniqueness. I may suffer from many things but I don’t think “expertitis” is one of them lol.


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