This week, I thought I would share how I came up with our prompt #105 Bliss. I was glancing at a book by Sarah Ban Breathnach. She is best known for her book, Simple Abundance. I found this book at the library, Romancing The Ordinary~A Year of Simple Splendor. I opened the book at random a few times and this is what spoke to me.
"We know what bliss is, even if we can't define it. Because bliss is a spiritual benediction, unbound by limits of language, the best that even sublime writers can do, such as New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, is to describe its sensations. In her stunning short story, "Bliss", we are privy to Bertha Young's unexplained sensuous seizure of ecstasy. Bertha discovers that bliss is the intense awareness of the sensuous in the ordinary, an erotic echo of the everyday. Katherine writes how Bertha felt:
"What can you do," Bertha Young wondered, "if...turning the corner of your own street you are overcome, suddenly by a feeling of bliss~absolute bliss!~as though you'd suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a shower of sparks into every particle, into every finger and toe?"
I want you to pen a poem, that reveals bliss. You can make it generic or personal, whatever excites your muse. I look forward to reading your sparks of insight, on what makes your ordinary, extraordinary!
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. "
"Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss."