Storytelling is a very effective vehicle to wake up and transform us because it is beyond the rational, and resonates with our innate structure, the very same structure in nature itself. Rhythm causes entrainment; to get back into harmony with self/nature/universal law. Music is so powerful this way, and beauty in whatever expressive form that we create or just witness.
A poet is a man speaking to men; he is one endowed with lively sensibility, enthusiasm, and tenderness. The poet has a greater knowledge of human nature and a more comprehensive soul than is common among men; he rejoices more than other men in the spirit of life; he has acquired the ability to think and feel and to express his thoughts and feelings. The poet sings a song in which all humanity can join; he rejoices in the presence of truth as our visible friend and hourly companion; he is the rock of defense for human nature; he is the upholder and preserver. Poetry is the image of man and nature; it is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge, as immortal as the heart of man.
Good writing: full of imagery, quintessence
From the label of a jar of Redmond RealSalt (TM):
Long before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea covered what is now North America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient of this sea, and over millions of years, the water in the sea evaporated, leaving the salt in undisturbed deposits. At some point during the earth's Jurassic era, a range of volcanoes erupted around the ancient sea bed, sealing the salt with layers of thick volcanic ash, protecting these precious deposits against the pollution that man would eventually introduce into the environment. Near the small town of Redmond, in south central Utah, we carefully extract this salt from deep within the earth, without additives, chemicals, or heat processing of any kind. This is RealSalt, full of flavor and natural goodness—the way salt was meant to be savored.
Writing variations (these are happy tricks my sister uses with her creative writing class) are applicable to visuals as well:
make no comparisons.
A little poem I made
Poems that have accompanied me all my life, it seems:
When geometric diagrams and digits
if he closes off every passageway
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