by Pearl S. Buck


The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:

A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him… A touch is a blow,
A sound is a noise,
A misfortune is a tragedy,
A joy is an ecstasy,
A friend is a lover,
A lover is a god,
And failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create… So that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.
–-by Pearl S. Buck

Responses to Buck’s statement would be of interest.

The Beauty in the Decay Series
is attentive to the intersection of nature with human-built things;
how nature will have its way.
The captivating presence of the process.

9 comments on “by Pearl S. Buck

  1. Phoenix says:

    fascinating to see how nature takes over when we stop intervening.

    • yes! as you can see, it is one of my favorite topics lately. nature will simply have its way – all of our efforts at permanency, ha!

      i do love the appearance of human-made things as they succumb to nature’s persistence.

      thanks for the comment!

  2. FeyGirl says:

    Beautiful excerpt, I love this one by Buck… And I can’t help but agree. I honestly believe that everyone on this planet has a crazy amount of creativity, is born with it — and in differing ways. But those who have been able to maintain and honor it, with luck and grace, are the lucky ones — perhaps as long as there’s a balance and a supportive atmosphere, some may contend. 🙂

  3. And in honour of your gorgeous creativity I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You’re so deserving and I’m happy to have others know about your blog! It’s really up to you if you choose to participate or not, but I wanted to acknowledge you anyway. All the details are here at my latest post Love and Light, Nicole xx

    • nicole, i love you! thank you! i’m sitting here dominant arm in sling (torn ligament plus an infection both in shoulder) anf it brings me such joy to know you appreciate my blog! i decline, usually, because i get emotionally anf intellectally snarled-up nominating, etc. but since the deed is done i gratefully accept!!!! blessings! sorry typos!

  4. Ross says:

    The “intersection of nature and human-built things”… Persons and people are manisfestaions of nature. We are nature. And our wellspring of creativity, our urge to create something of meaning, is an expression of nature through us. The human-built things (touch, sound, fortune, happiness, acceptance, love, or a wooden object) we are creating give us breath to continue, and feed those around us.

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