Sunday, February 17, 2013

Writing Is Exhaling

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Writing to me is… Exhaling slowly!!

There is nature in excess
Splayed out in front of us;
 Dancing, pushing, disappearing—
Completely narcissistic and shameless!
I choose strangest of places; crouch there in silence
Trying to catch hold of a canvas--within
At a turn of every trail- there's
A panorama of beauty- seeking its way
Impulsively, it takes my mind in its grip
Oh me!
My heart starts thumping wildly…
I go out…
Start searching again....
Amused at my efforts
I hold my breath. And
Exhale…!! That's my initiation..
...a green blade of grass shivers
I accuse her of losing patience; turn around
Start peeling the landscape, tier over tier
Think of surrealism, metaphors, symbolism, art; and
 bring out my notebook; and start writing!!
Such grand exhibitions travel to me often
Writing seems, an eternal sojourn...
A relentless drip-drip of words,
refresh the parts of my brain that needs motivation
What a joy to see my notes---somewhere, sometime.
Art is certainly not independent of its surrounding!
But for the current moment, I am taking the time
to draw in a nice long breath--Inhale!!
I intend to exhale it slowly, next time :D


I love this quote.... " Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale."--Justine Musk.
 Two separate things yet inexplicably linked....


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

94 comments:

  1. Loved the it's portrayed...but somehow i don't like the idea of smoking...whether it's real or only a metaphorical use...i don't why people always relate smoking to stress buster, relaxing minds, to think better or clear...only thing which is does is bearing disaster to one lungs or a body as a whole...!!!

    i liked the concept a lot...and yes i agree writing is exhaling...exhaling what you preach,think or would probably do or react in a particular circumstances

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    1. Oh, Anjan...This has got nothing to do with smoking actually-- I used it metaphorically! Here, I'm basically talking about the candid brain and its breathing process...when the pathways in the brain are clear... the brain gets receptive and lets the images absorb in and I start writing..which is an escape, a process of exhaling! :D
      Thanks...

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  2. Inhaling and exhaling ... writing indeed is a mode of living !!!

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    1. Good to know that you agree, Speck. Thank you.

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  3. Awesome, I loved this take on the prompt. Writing/Reading is inhaling and exhaling :) Mind blowing imaginary Ma'am :)

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    1. Saru, You comment has pleased me immensely... :)))Thanks for the appreciation...)

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    1. Indeed..it is, Cosmo!Thanks:))

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  5. u have described the mental state very well..lovely and well penned!

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    1. A S---I am happy you liked this and am also very pleased to see you on my space. Thanks a ton!

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  6. I like that writing is an eternal sojourn ~

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    1. Grace...so our feelings and emotions are very similar:)) Thank you!

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  7. I love the idea of the slow inhale......then the exhale producing the writing........I love poets' notebooks, always fascinating!

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    1. Sherry, I believe, any piece of old writing is incredibly fascinating for a poet. For me, that old notebook is close to my heart..it is the co-custodian of my memory and childhood.
      Childhood is where I first began to love words...the process of inhaling and exhaling started right there!! :)
      Thanks a lot for that lovely comment.

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  8. Panchali, I love thinking about writing as exhaling. I never thought of it that way, but it makes sense. We inhale our experiences and exhale them onto a sheet of paper (or a blog). And yes, the drip drip. May it never stop...for any of us. Beautifully composed poem, one that will stay with me.

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    1. Mary, Literature is, and has always been, the sharing of experience, the pooling of human understanding about living, loving, and writing. Yes, may the drip drip continue... and the interplay between the grammar and breath of lines keep spinning. There's a wonderful sense of satisfaction and, yes, enjoyment… 'exhaling them onto a paper-sheet'!!
      Thanks for that awesome compliment... specially coming from you...means a lot!! :))))

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  9. Writing is exhaling - what a thought... and I love how you've pointed out how the most meagre of occurrences can stimulate one to verse - like the movement of a blade of grass....

    As always, my fervent admiration of your work and my twinge of envying your talent go hand in hand... Beautiful...

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    1. Oh, Mixi....Brilliant . You know why?? Because, you read it so well. I was dying to read a comment on that little flutter!..Wow...you made my day, gurl.♥
      Thanks a ton!:)

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  10. your writing which we read is our inhaler den :D bcoz we inhale yr lovely articles poems and post :) so keep exhaling :)
    indeed a lovely post themed on such a lovely quote "reading is inhaling and writing exhaling " :)

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    1. Saikat...Now I am really impressed with myself...! :)I intend to keep exhaling...I am not stopping!:D
      Keep inhaling granting me the courage to write :))Thanks a bunch!

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  11. A very beautiful and true poetic description of reading, writing and the entire process of art's creation... Loved every bit of it :)

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    1. Arti, I am so pleased....! :)))) Thank you for the compliment... glad you liked the treatment... been worth the sleepless afternoon... :))))
      Thanks re...

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  12. wow.. inhale vs exhale.. very nice.. i truly admire your way of exhalation.. :-)

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    1. L'il Rat...I love having you here.!!...Just for that I'll read you faithfully... scout's honor. :))Thanks a lot for your kind words. xoxo

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  13. Great stuff. That quote is very nice.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh...I like the quote too!:)Thanks for the appreciation... :)))

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  14. Wow! That's wonderful!
    (And absolutely 'Panchalistic' too:))
    I need to read it a few more times to content myself!
    Thank you for refreshing Musk's quote:)

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    1. Amit, I learnt a new term and I am going to use it right, left and center!---'Panchalisic'...Thanks for the implied kudos...I am mighty pleased :D

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  15. wow! quite a thought it is. inhale and exhale and find happiness in the existence of words spun lying somewhere, sometime...close to heart always!

    Novel...

    (I missed the WOW! deadline..:()

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    1. Oh, sad that you missed the deadline...never mind, do write for the next week's prompt!!
      I am glad you enjoyed reading this piece, Akila. Thanks a lot!!

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  16. as always i say ' exceptional ' ! truly marvellous your diction ma'm ! so intricate and tangled those lines are . Your brain must be extensively convoluted to come up with something so prolific [ blame my degree for this conclusion ma'm ;) ] beautiful :)

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    1. Maliny, your comment has thrilled me to my toes...Thank you soooo much....:))
      Now, normallly I am not willing to talk about my aging brain--- however, I did appreciate your little words of praise... :):D:D
      Thanks:)

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    1. Wow...thanks a lot, for the compliments, Eashwar! Grateful..

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  18. the poem is brilliantly written. Loved the quote and the way of portraying :)

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    1. Saurabh..Thanks for coming by...Glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you here often... :))))

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  19. Dear friend, allow me to nominate you for this award - Liebster Award... please have a look at the following link:

    http://matheikal.blogspot.in/2013/02/awards-and-their-joy.html

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    1. Thank you so much, Matheikal...I shall return the favor soon...I am delighted !!

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  20. Hi Paanchali, this is the first time I have visited your site. I find your poem amazing. I have no words to comment!! It is something unique! The lines
    Writing seems, an eternal sojourn...
    A relentless drip-drip of words,
    are so reflective of a marvellous poetess in you!!

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    1. Usha, Welcome to my space!

      Thank you for that delightful comment...and for your words of praise... I am so pleased :D
      Hope to see you more on these pages..

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  21. Loved your concept! Well exhaled!!

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    1. Aah, thanks Deepak-- that was a well-inhaled comment :):D

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  22. To quote Benjamin Franklin "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." & I have not done anything worth writing.

    I enjoy reading what you write.

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    1. Ashwini...that's a wonderful quote!!! But, I don't agree with your comment--it's been wonderful reading your blogs. I find them quite impressive, interesting and worth reading!!!
      So, appreciation is mutual, my frend :))Thank you very much! Good to see you after a long time..

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  23. Wow, you made it very artistic...

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    1. Whoa..coming from an artist---I am thrilled to my toes. And heels! :)))))

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  24. thats very interesting... I had written the opposite 'I write to breathe' though i gave a rather long list as well.

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    1. Nandini...I guess, this is your first visit on these pages. So, welcome to my space!:)
      Oh, wonderful--writing only leads to more writing....I shall check out soon!!
      Thanks a bunch:)

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  25. Beautiful, just like you :)
    Wow Post indeed! One of the best I have read so far for the WOW initiative.

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    1. Akanksha...I love it that you love the poem.. which is how it should BE I am sure... :))))
      May all writers be blessed with readers such as you...!! Thanks a lot, my dear. xoxo

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  26. All your writings do confirm that writing is your breath of life & you exhale beautifully--simply loved it !!!

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    1. Indu, Coming from you, this is a very gratifying compliment. Thanks a lot... :)))

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    1. Thank you, Swarnpriya--golden girl!! I am glad you liked this... :)))
      Hope to see you more here...

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  28. It's wonderful...I could never think this way.

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    1. Mousumi...Loved to see you here.... this once...:))Hope to see you more on these pages.
      Thanks...

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    1. Oh, thanks a lot, mukhtiar !!

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  30. Aha! something i wanted to exhale... after i read, i reckoned its better to inhale here.

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    1. Sathish...Hmmm...You are paying me the kind of compliments that a writer covets. I'm gratified.. :)) Inhale...Inhale...with full enthusiasm!:D
      Thanks a lot!

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  31. Great I have learned Very Good Thing From You

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    1. Thanks Ujjwal, I just checked out your blog and realized that there's so much to learn from you !! You teach how to make money with blogs. Whoa...sounds interesting! You've made a home-maker hungry..:)
      Shall be there soon...

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    1. Second comment..? ..No worry-I am really happy to have found a good reader. Thanks.

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  33. I have no words for expressing my admiration for this piece, You conceive, nurture and deliver it as nobody else can. I wish....

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    1. Meenakshi!! Thanks re... you always add to the value of the blog... and I love that... :))))Thanks a zillion!

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  34. How do you come up with such novel, ingenious thought every time?I am speechless..Wow!! what a craftsperson you are..hats off to you ,Di ...

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    1. Odyzz..Oh, I am so pleased....! :))))Thank you for the compliment... been worth the sleepless Sunday Afternoon... :))))Thanks soooo much, my dear♥

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  35. "writing seems an eternal sojourn" love this! Beautiful poem.

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    1. I am so pleased you liked it, Lisa. Thanks for coming by... :)))

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  36. wow...lovely quote and lovely poem to go with it, Panchali di!

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    1. I am elated, Roshni..! Thanks for the encouragement...:))

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  37. Keep exhaling. We love reading your lovely work.

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    1. Good to see you here after a long gap, Divya. Thanks for the inspiration, my dear♥

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  38. Whenever I exhaled I only coughed, so gave up inhaling. ;)
    Great lines.

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    1. Oh...but, you are still going strong..!!! ...it is always very gratifying to see that one is able to do that....right?
      Keep inhaling...and keep exhaling, Indrani! That's my mantra:):)

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  39. This is just wonderful...... Just too good.....

    http://debnature.blogspot.in

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    1. Thank you, Debopam....!! Thanks for coming by.

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  40. You never seize to amaze us..Lovely write-up..:-)

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    1. Thank you sooo much, Nagini. I am so pleased you liked this poem. :))))And appreciation is mutual, my dear.!!:)

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  41. Panchali,
    You write well. You should spend some time in raising awareness about our fast vanishing wildlife and wilderness areas.
    Sabyasachi

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    1. Sabyasachi, Thanks for being here with such a fantastic suggestion and encouragement, of course! Tell me how do I go about it...I am an animal lover and can go to any extent to help and protect them. Guide me please :)
      Thanks a lot!!

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  42. what a lovely writing, just out of ........
    from Harry

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Lucky! Always a pleasure to have you here...:))

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  43. Brilliant imagery, Ma'am. :)
    So visual, I could imagine these lines as I read them:

    "I hold my breath. And
    Exhale…!! That's my initiation..
    ...a green blade of grass shivers
    I accuse her of losing patience; turn around
    Start peeling the landscape, tier over tier "

    Loved the concept of inhaling and exhaling to reading and writing. :)

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    1. Akshay...You made my day, my dear. .:))
      Allow me to take your compliment to mean more than they actually do. And permit myself to feel gratified..Lovely comment!!

      Thanks a ton, for coming by...and for reading it so well, Akshay!!

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  44. I have found this concept of inhaling & exhaling quite interesting. I've always taken the exhaling one, only.
    Interesting one! :)

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    1. Gayatri!Thanks a bunch....! I am SO pleased you liked the concept. I know, you are a prolific writer---so keep exhaling, while we keep inhaling...Ummmmm...
      Good to see you after a long time. Hope you're doing well.
      xoxo

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  45. Writing seems, an eternal sojourn...
    A relentless drip-drip of words,


    I agree with that Panchali

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    1. Hugzz... good to see you here, Rajni...!Thanks... :))

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  46. Inhaling the goodness of the words above inspires me to exhale better too. As we keep inhaling good things.. we exhale better too...
    Nice one ma'am.

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    1. Well said, Manjulika! You couldn't have said it better!! Let me share a fantastic quote with you....

      "“Read, read, read. Read everything–trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write.” - William Faulkner
      Thanks for the visit, my dear...xoxo

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  47. You are a true addict, Panchalidi and each line proves that here. Loved the last inspiring lines too :D

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