“At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.”  – Maya Angelou

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”  – Julia Cameron

“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”  – Gail Sheehy



was mine

hours of


as I strangled

numerous pens

pencils and other

weapons of war

filling journals


scraps of paper

as I found them

believing that words

must come from

soul to paper

undisturbed by


computers, anything


the source must

flow free

years of scribbling


even to me

frustration builds

technology and i

never friends

could not be

trusted to convey

bleeding of the heart

to prove my point

white flag raised

provisional truce

a torrent of words


by the impediment of

bad penmanship

my surrender now




Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

9 thoughts on “surrender”

  1. I totally understand, but am still seduced by the flow of ink as it glides across a virgin sheetR

    1. Yes, I do miss that. However, it didn’t do much good when I was finished and couldn’t make out what I had said… 🙂

  2. unlike so many–I find writing first on a typewriter when I was younger, and now on my laptop very freeing – my hand does not write fast enough for my creativity–odd isn’t it – I find handwriting too slow

  3. As a calligrapher I find this fascinating!! Having said that, there are many wonderful calligraphers with “doctors’ handwriting.” So Léa, you’re in good company. I personally have very good handwriting but find that my fingers fly much faster over a keyboard AND the backspace, delete, and cut, copy and paste functions have saved my sanity many times over.

    For me, it’s all about communication and the message is more important than the method.

    1. The joke among my kids and friends was that I should have gone to medical school…

      I never could write as fast as I can type and creativity has no speed limit! You are right, it is about communication. I still keep a small notepad/journal in my purse for “emergencies.”

    1. You are very kind. I use to end up with cramping in my hand and red marks where I had tried to hang on. You are correct it was a bit of a war. Thank you.

  4.’s about surrender..ha…the strangling of pens and pencils..weapons lof the quotes as well…i hardly ever write on real paper but do a lot of poem typing on my iphone…

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