Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday Prompt #1: 'Love Is Paradise' Word List
I found this song back in December 2012. I had no idea it fell beneath the genre of 'EuroPop' and really didn't care (though now, it's a genre I've explored and enjoy quite a bit). Anyway, I was going through a transition back then. An inner battle much ado to my own sexuality, my loneliness, an innate need to search the depths of myself for questions yet unanswered...questions about life, meaning, and my existence. I was becoming an explorer and digging into music, quotes, poets, books, and new authors allowed me the freedom to engage myself to this private cause.
But within this song (and I've found it's only included in the official video version, which is what I'm sharing), there's a speech/verse which is a passage by the philosopher Iris Murdoch that touched me deeply. This was a verse about love, acceptance, forgiving and existing purely as what you are in this crazy universe where most things remain a mystery.
Below is the passage that I love so. It took me quite a few times of listening to the song to get it all written down, so forgive me if you find a variation from her actual text:
"Everything was love. Everything will be love. Everything has been love. Everything would be love. Everything would have been love. Ah, that was it, the truth at last: everything would have been love.
The huge eye, which became an immense sphere was gently breathing. Only it was not an eye or a sphere but a great, wonderful animal covered in little waving legs like hairs. Waving, oh so gently as if they were under water. 'All shall be well, and all shall be well,' said the ocean.
So the place of reconciliation existed after all. Not like a little knothole in a cupboard, but floating everywhere and being everything. I had only to will it and it would be for spirit is omnipotent, only I never knew it, like being able to walk on the air.
I could forgive. I could be forgiven. I could forgive, perhaps that was the whole of it after all. Perhaps being forgiven was just forgiving, only no one had ever told me. There was nothing else needful, just to forgive. Forgiving equals being forgiven, the secret of the universe.
Do not, whatever you do, forget it. The past was folded up and in the twinkling of an eye everything had been changed and lived beautiful and good."
So, for my very first prompt I've compiled a word-list from Murdoch's passage. Let these words take you where they will. You don't have to write about the meaning of life or forgiveness or love (or anything even related to the passage above)...though you can if that's where your inspiration takes you.
So, there you have it. Keep this prompt for a rainy day or write with it and link us in the comments so we can share our work with each other!
But most of all, just have fun and inspire each other!!