“Scientists have recently stated that every second,
the human brain takes in eleven million bits
of information, but it is only aware of forty bits.
I wish I could have told my senses to focus
all their energy on taking every bit of information
from the way you breathe.
You’re gone now and instead of remembering
the way you spoke to me
or how you smelled the day you told me you loved me -
I remember that the grass was two inches taller than it should be
and there was a light mist making my hair stick out in three different directions.
Even my memory was against keeping you.
Even my brain knew it was better that I not remember.”—Amanda Helm, Remembering (via amandaspoetry)
Writers need to live and bleed and rebel and experience. Writers need to love and hate and ask and receive and pay attention and read and watch and consume. Writers need to swim and drink and smoke and smell. Writers need to obsess over tiny details and writers need to look at the big picture.
I haven’t been doing anything on that list. Except loving, maybe.