Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Flash 55 — Strang truth



Someone said not to take life too seriously- you'll never get out of it alive. But leave a witness to your life behind, and that almost changes. If the witness is especially potent and speaks via your art through the ages you may even beat the odds. Your scribbling is telling. It survives you. Seriously.


My post in exactly 55 words written for Friday Flash 55.
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Image via Wikimedia: 
Self-portrait No. 8 by William Strang, 1889

(beginning paraphrased quote by Elbert Hubbard)
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17 comments:

Fireblossom said...

That's why keep setting free my written children into the world.

Brian Miller said...

yep, that is why i write...it can tell my story...

Yvonne Osborne said...

So true. I think about this all the time. The written word is a powerful instrument. Thank you for the reminder.

G-Man said...

But Lydia...
What about all of the useless, tasteless, mediocre nonsense that people like ME churn out? Will I have a place in Literary Valhalla?
Not that I want a place there..:-)
Loved your Immortality 55
Thank you for this Pensive Piece, You Rock the Planet!
Have a Kick Ass Week-End

Mary said...

I I do agree that leaving something to assure our immortality in some way is not a bad idea.....whether it be sketches or poems (or both). We all like to think that sometime much later we will be remembered......

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

I'll have to remember that in the future and start trying to be brilliant. (LOL)

Other Mary said...

Clever title! Nice to think that our words (well, some of them anyway) can live beyond us.

Helen said...

.. my scribbling is NOT brilliant, however it will survive me! Love this!!

Lydia said...

Fireblossom~ And for those we are most blessed!

Brian~ And you tell your story in such amazing ways, my friend.

Yvonne~ Thank you for the follow! Yes, the written word...any work of art that springs from the human spirit...is powerful indeed.

G-Man~ Aw, your writing is most delightful, and you have been known to write with serious beauty also. Pop-culturalists like you are the cornerstone in the buildings of our lives.

Mary~ Yes, sometime remembered or, as in my case with coming upon Stang's art last night, to be discovered long after we are gone.

Eric~ Been a long time since you were here or since I visited your blog, but I remember your writing as quite brilliant. Good to see you! Also, note that I changed the word "brilliant" to simply "your" after reading your and some other comments. Art need not necessarily be brilliant to be meaningful (and defining brilliant is subjective anyway, right?).

Other Mary~ Why, thank you for noticing the title. I cracked myself up with that one. :)

Helen~ Please note my comment to Eric above. Where I do find your writing brilliant, I decided that the word itself was not what I actually wanted to say. Thus, the edit. Thus, a thank you.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Makes the effort to leave something behind worthwhile.

howanxious said...

Sweet. We all want to leave a certain mark behind through our words. :-)
-HA

Doctor FTSE said...

We should leave some of our writing where the kids will find it after we're gone . . . where the next owner of the house will come across it etc. . .

Lydia said...

(Mary)~ I agree. :)

howanxious~ Thank you. :)

Doctor FTSE~ Your idea is such fun. I'm glad you stopped by to share it.

what's the story in Dalamory said...

Concise and communicative - that is why we write.

A Cuban In London said...

"It survives you. Seriously." Beautiful. That sums up human existence (almost!) :-)

Greetings from London.

Margaret said...

… I will be sure to burn my high school year books (such stupid stuff is in them) but I don't mind the rest being left behind… Maybe they will finally read it :)

goatman said...



I am not sure that the last word is necessary. Seems contrived. But a nice thought.

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