Note from Elise: Occasionally I invite guests to post their thoughts for you. I think you’ll enjoy their ideas and unique voices. At the end of each post, you can read a brief bio about the guest author. Enjoy!
Unhappiness is not the reason
for the lack of melody.
It’s not business, anger, or frustration,
that holds back the rhyme.
Ears and eyes open wide
to listen, watch, feel.
The song is buried deep, but never gone.
A season without a song is not the end.
It’s a time for growth,
a time for contemplation, a time to mend.
It rejuvenates the soul, the imagination,
the creative muse.
And when the season is complete,
the song will return, stronger, deeper,
wiser, yet younger than before.
Dan Erickson is a writer and teacher. A Train Called Forgiveness, his first published book was written with the intention of studying the concepts of forgiveness and non-judgment. He’s currently working on his second book At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy which intentionally looks at the concepts of justice, mercy, and mental illness. A projected third book to his “cult” trilogy will discuss reconciliation, grace and redemption. Dan has also written and recorded over 100 songs, often using the process as a form of therapy for both himself and his listeners.
Dan teaches public speaking and feature writing at Yakima Valley Community College in Washington state. He has a young daughter, Annie, a dog, Shep, and enjoys outdoor activities and travel.
danerickson.net – an intentional life in words and music: is a site dedicated to offering help, inspiration and gentle reminders to writers and songwriters to write with intention and purpose.