Forgotten Millpond

“The sea, calm as a millpond, without a ripple, was breathing slowly but deeply” Georges Simenon – The Mahe Circle, 1946

 

We don’t write well anymore because we don’t have the time to absorb our surroundings

 

We must

catch the train

plan the weekend

work 8 hours a day

plot an escape

cook dinner

post something online

pay the bills

 

When was the last time you watched clouds float across the sky

dancing in the wind

Without feeling guilty for wasting time

 

It is not just writing that suffers

 

For writing us just an expression of meaning

 

We lose a purpose to our toil

To our life

Without meaning from slowness all our busy efforts become unfulfilling

 

Georges Simenon wrote those lines more than a half a century ago in a time where there was less to do

And contemplation rather than distraction was desired

 

Can you find meaning looking into a millpond

You will have to try to find out

 

 

David J Campbell

 

Fluid writing : It could just be that I’m tired of putting in punctuation

Delete the unnecessary!

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