cronechronicler

Exploring the poetry of everyday life

What the Mirror Knows

on August 14, 2014

When I consider my blog as a mirror with revelations to offer me I first look at my posts. I see them going round in a spiral echoing the same experiences, ideas and feelings. There is a basic word-field I use to express myself. I love words – and writing. Maybe I write because I want to be heard, or at least to figure out how to be heard. Sometimes writing is how I play, especially my poetry. My blog is all of these things and still all-of-piece.

I named my blog Cronechronicler in collaboration with my son who is a writer. He remembered my identification with the idea of crones as women wise and free, set apart from society after their reproductive days were over and now occupying their unique niche. I chose Vivachange77 to represent my intention to get a new outfit for my life after the old one had become threadbare. I planned to complete my move by the time I turned 75 and did – hence Viva! – long live change. My current age is 77 and  I’m still going strong.

After choosing and abandoning several ideas for my blog’s theme I came up with the lines of a poem by David Whyte titled Journey that I feel define my journey.

” Sometimes everything
has to be
enscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.”

Finding the design for my blog was serendipitous. From among the designs that were free I  chose one with an owl creature and a sunburst behind him that I thought fitting for a crone. Later when I wanted to know more about the possibilities for this design I window shopped other designs. In the process I accidentally replaced my wise owl design with my current one, Brand New Day, only with a pale aqua background. Posts were printed in white letters and were difficult to read so I went shopping again and learned that on Brand New Day I had a choice of background colors representing the cycles of the day. I chose Night which has a deep ocean-blue background and quite legible white lettering. I’m a technological neophyte so I leave the organization of my blog to the wisdom of the genies of Word Press. Recently much to my joy I stumbled on how Tags operate. I have much to learn.

My About section is abbreviated and refers only to very recent events. I plan to flesh it out. Also I considered choosing a new design for my blog until I realized how appropriate Brand New Day is. It expresses my life choices. The moons and planets in the night sky reflect the idea of my theme that everything has to be “enscribed across the heavens.”

When I pull back and look at the elements of my blog and how they came to be I’m reminded of the Ghanaian saying I originally chose for my theme.” When you don’t know where you are going, and you don’t know how to get there, you arrive there just the same.” Whether it is the mirror speaking or me that’s pretty much my operating principle.


7 responses to “What the Mirror Knows

  1. I love your blog and the colors are perfect.

  2. Karuna says:

    I love the quote: “When you don’t know where you are going, and you don’t know how to get there, you arrive there just the same.”

  3. I love words as much as you. You made me wonder, what if the words are already written inside of you? Waiting to spill out… Your blog is wonderful and I agree with your quote, it’s just perfect!

  4. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks, Karuna. I’m glad you like the quotes. I’ve been telling them to myself as sort of mantras for a long time. I was actually in Ghana at a conference when one of the leaders told us that about life in Ghana. He also said to ask if we wanted anything. They would get it for us if they could or else teach us how to go without like people in Ghana do.

  5. “When you don’t know where you are going, and you don’t know how to get there, you arrive there just the same” Priceless, vivachange!!! That’s how I comfort myself most days 😉

  6. vivachange77 says:

    It is amazing how often that works. Also, I finished WorldMight and reviewed it on Amazon. I think you have a true gift for creating an entire imaginary place and filling it with characters and the necessary structures for its governance and culture. I cared about your characters, especially in the last quarter of the book. I got lost in their world and lost time and track of the one I inhabit. That is the best thing I can say about a book, though it is not a literary critique. I look forward to more of your writings.

    I commented on your two Flash Writings and prefer the first. It’s fewer words pulled me more into the story. There were some places in WorldMight that I thought ” less” description would be “more”. Though my attention wavered in places at the middle of your book, the end was marvelous!

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