Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Think Tank Thursday #105 Bliss

moring blissby *dukeofspade


Blissby ~Hopie-chan


A Symphoney of ~goRillA-iNK


Blissby ~RhapsodyinAlto

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 SplendorI 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. "
Joseph Campbell

"Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss."
Nathaniel Branden

"Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real."  Deepak Chopra

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

There 3 simple rules:
1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.
2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.
3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.



  1. A great prompt Ella. I never have to look to far to find the extraordinary in every day life!

  2. Awesome prompt! The pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing the quotes and the beautiful example of Bertha Young. :)

  3. The cat is the most blissful, because it's not even trying.

  4. The universe is change. Our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius :-)

  5. Thanks for the great prompt, Ella!

  6. Love this prompt Ella! Bliss is one of my favorite things--fantastic quote--sparks!! :-)

  7. I happy you like the photos and the prompt! I'm reading a spooky book, now... What prompt will this conjure? lol
    Happy Friday everyone! :D

  8. So...mine's a bitter sweet bliss...was the first thought that came to my mind though so I went with it. I really appreciate all the thought that you put into these prompts Ella, thank you! :)

  9. This is a great topic. My link is not to a poem but to a discussion of the spirit of nature. This isn't necessarily a religious spirit, but a blissful connection with nature.

  10. I visited very late and don't know if anyone will even find my poem; but if anyone visits my site and comments I will definitely return the visit!!

  11. Please disregard my link, I meant this for Poetry Pantry.


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