The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself

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CHAPTER FIVE

Images: How to Find,
Create and Use Them:
Echoes

Other echoes
Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?
‘Quick,’ said the bird find them, find them,
Round the corner. Through the first gate

(T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton)

Sunlight’s a thing that needs a window
Before it enters a dark room.
Windows don’t happen.

(R.S. Thomas, Poetry for Supper)

Cut doors and windows for a room
It is the holes which make them useful

(Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching)


Background

Images are windows created in order to illuminate the dark passages of our text of life. To cope with daily life, we normally only allow ourselves to look straight down a narrow corridor. All the perceptions and experiences beyond are ignored or glossed over. We rush along, pleased with our efficiency and effectiveness at being fathers, workers, bosses, wives.

Things happen: frustrating, incomprehensible, abusive, painful, agonising. We are told, or tell ourselves, ‘boys don’t cry’, ‘you’ll get over it’, ‘have another baby/kitten as soon as possible’, ‘time is a great healer’, ‘get out and join the golf club, meet new people’. A professor of physics told me six

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