The words in my blog title come from an old 90’s song by a group called: Oingo-Boingo. The melody came rushing into my thoughts this morning after not hearing the song in over 15 years (or more…ugg!) [Widget_Twitter id=”1″]
Sometimes it just feels nice to close your eyes and simply LISTEN. When you open them back up, you may find that your world has completely turned around or changed for the better.
That’s how we felt yesterday when we decided to listen to an author read one of her short works of children’s literature. We knew it would be the perfect moment for closing our eyes and living in the imagery of this Caldecott Winner’s words. We ‘saw’ and ‘felt,’ so simply with our mind’s eye as we listened to this treasured story. We ‘heard’ the eloquence and serenity.
The time flew by as we ‘savored’ the images, lost in those moments as if time was only the words themselves. Noise was no part of this “hearing” experience. Our imagery of mind was filled-up-full of words that created a meaning more beautiful than any our 5 senses could appreciate.
We walked into the story with the Author, now journeying into the deep dark woods, searching for something undeniably special…an experience worth waiting for. A most loved family member was by our side and anticipation was growing. Yet in the anticipation there was a tremendous sense of calm. The words in the story spoke of, “using no words.” The author conveyed her meaning through images imbedded forever on the heart. This was an experience worthy only of observation, of silent appreciation for what was to be ‘seen.’
- “Our feet crunched over the snow.”
- “My shadow bumped after me.”
- “Pine trees looked “black and pointy against the sky.”
- “The moon made his face into a silver mask.”
- “The shadows were the blackest things….they stained the white snow.”
- “My mouth felt furry…the scarf over it…wet and warm.”
- “…part of the big tree shadow lifted off and flew right over us.”
- “We watched silently with heat in our mouths, the heat of all those words we had not spoken.”
In a reading, listening & visualizing experience such as this one:
“…you don’t need words or warm(th) or anything…but hope.” The hope that is inspired by the Author’s delicate way of drawing you in can remain with you throughout your day. It is the hope of gaining inspiration from all the richness life has to offer in the beauty of what surrounds us.
“The kind of hope that flies on silent wings under a shining Owl moon.”
Imagery from great literary pieces like the story above: Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen create rich pictures in our minds and evoke emotion in our hearts as well. Isn’t this one of the greatest gifts a writer can provide to their readers? No matter what the genre, Visual Imagery is an Element of Writing that does not have to be about style. Rather, it can emerge gently in any piece of writing.
So, Homeschool families with writing projects, celebrated Authors, readers and all lovers of literature: as you go about your day today, maybe you can try something new. Put intention into ‘seeing’ the world around you through different eyes. What emotions do some images evoke? How would you describe these ‘sights’ differently to bring more richness to the visual image for yourself and others?
I would love to hear about your personal experiences with Imagery and how it has brought meaning to your reading or writing experience. Please share with us by tweeting your thoughts to:
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