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The Way It Works With Me


Chad Lilly

It happens when Iím washing the dishes,

doing the laundry, or making my bed;

it happens usually when

Iím not thinking anything,

when my thoughts are clear

of the daily debris that collects 

in the head . . . it seems to happen 

mostly when Iím not expecting it to happen,

when my mind is slightly 

occupied with some mundane chore 

that requires a minimal amount of thought 

to accomplish . . . like shaving,

or driving (always while driving);

anything that preoccupies 

the conscious mind long enough

for the imagination to get restless

and rise from the formless

sea of swirling expression to take 

the shape of words . . . to paint

these pictures I see. 

Thatís the way it works with me,

how these words find their way to paper, 

how these pictures get painted 

and displayed for you to read.

(Why . . . is another story)

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