Monday, January 11, 2010

Another of Life's Sweet Surprises


"I believe in a love that leaves a vapour trail
in my wake as i pass by the world"

Ever have one of those moments when you stumble upon something that just hits you between the eyes and leaves you reeling hours later?  It doesn't have to be anything grandiose, in fact I find the things that make the biggest impression on me are generally those which are found in the everyday.  A writer's few words or an artist's work amongst thousands, the others being perhaps equally as well-presented but not having nearly the same impact.  The reason can rarely be explained.

The two lines above are an excerpt from the work, "Reigning Love" by sweetmango .  Her poetry has always affected me in its depth and eloquence, but when I read this poem these lines just jumped off the page and grabbed me.  I don't know why.  I don't need to know.  Sometimes it's enough just to experience a reaction this strong, and it's always a pleasure when it happens because it's relatively rare.  My exact words to her were that I think this is the most beautiful thing I've read so far this year.

So sweetmango I want to thank you for allowing me to post these lines out of the context of your poem.  I'd normally present the piece in its entirety, but in this case I wanted to illustrate the effect that even just a few words can have.

Tomorrow I'll be presenting another example of this, a sketch that has had a profound impact on me.  I think when you read the post you'll see why.  Stay tuned.


  1. beautiful two lines. very beautiful.

    I was wondering Barry if you would be interested in writing a post for me???
    Let me know!

    Enjoy your week!

  2. I experience things like that all the time, but I seem to be someone who keeps his eyes and ears open for them daily.

  3. She has a beautiful way of weaving words into magic. I love it. Thanks for leading us to her, Barry. :)

  4. Miss Always. Thanks so much for asking, I'd love to write a post for you (I'm always willing to write for someone). Just let me know what topic you'd like me to cover.

    Bassi, I agree.

    MPH, it's rewarding isn't it?

    Jennifer, you're welcome. Her site is full of inspiration.

  5. Beautifully written, yes. I think alot of us totally get what you're saying here. I'm off to check out her site. Thank you for sharing with us.

  6. The effects just a few words can have...


    You left me a comment over the weekend that brought me to tears. I even twittered a thank you, because I was out and didn't have access to your blog so properly thank you. You have NO idea how much that meant to me. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment.

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  7. Barry I can see by the comments that others leave here on your blog that your words too have a profound impact on the lives of others. We all affect each other everyday in such diverse ways. I am honoured that you found happiness in something i wrote :)

  8. I just love how people can write words that truly show the emotion behind them. Words are words but when you can string them together to touch someone's heart that truly is a gift. =)