An orgy of flowers.

Both a summation of spring and one of the storyboards we’re working on for The Daily Planet on the bloom of spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Crocuses are pretty.  See Exhibit A below.


The theme of tonight’s The Moth at Southpaw in Brooklyn: Spring.  It was a great night of inspired storytelling – only 13 brave people put their name in the hat, but I’d say around 200 people showed up to listen.  Spring is definitely in the air, people are all at once giddier and aware of the beauty of the world around them, yet incredibly preoccupied with their own thoughts.  Is this sun-drunk?  Flowers bloom, the sun seems like its been switched from off to on, and people flow out of their apartments and living spaces in droves.  It is a seemingly fluid drift from inner to outer, a step out from under the shade into the bright glare of the sun.

Two moments during tonight’s storytelling performance gave me pause:

The teaser prompt from the audience.

The prompt: A time I was wound too tight.

A girl wrote: One day in Hebrew school I grew bored, went into the closet, found the softest, mink coat and stuck my gum in it.

My thought: I wasn’t naughty enough as a child.  Too much respect for authority and for other people’s things.  But maybe now I’ve learned to care less for other people’s hearts.

The final story telling performance was a woman who talked about being emotionally abused by her mother as a slightly overweight child, and being able to let it go – it wasn’t an epiphany and it didn’t happen in day.  It happened in baby steps.  But the moment she talked about was being brave enough to go to Montauk and be a part of Spencer Tunick’s photography.  (He photographs nude people en mass in public places).

She said: So on the count we took our clothes off.  We turned to the sea.  We turned sideways.  Art happened.  Blah blah blah.  But I did something I never thought I would do.

So spring is here.  And it feels like a new year.

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~ by drywoodburstingintoflame on April 6, 2010.

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