Birds, Dogs and Cliches
May 19, 2009 § 5 Comments
I struggle with finding imagery for my poems and stories; it doesn’t come to me easily. Sometimes, it appears magically – a stranger of unknown origin, saddle bag filled with gold – but when I try to create it…nothing or worse. A cliche.
Twenty years ago, in the midst of a spiritual crisis, I spent some time with a Native American teacher. It resonated with me because I was raised in the Southwest, where the symbols and history are strong. I was drawn to animal totems and still am. So when I do find imagery, it is often animal and yet, I don’t use it. I worry that it’s a cliche or over used.
Which may mean using animals isn’t a cliche and their symbolism is universal. I feel better.