Art abandonment is a fantastic movement where people all over the world create and then abandon art. The items vary from painted rocks to jewelry, sticky notes with positive words to fine art on canvas. There are no limitations to what can be abandoned. The items are then left with little notes. Most people don’t take credit for the item, but some do. It’s a fairly lenient and open movement.
Check out the Facebook page for the group if you’re interested in learning more or want to participate. People will post pictures of what they leave, so you can be inspired by everyone’s creativity and generosity.
So. Why not abandon poetry?
The whole point of the abandonment movement is to sprinkle a little art and joy in the world. It’s to make someone else’s day that much better. We don’t often get to read positive poetry. I don’t know if it’s a prerequisite for being a poet or writer in general, but most of us suffer in some way or have an interest in the dark, morbid recesses of humanity. We don’t often write about being happy.**
** Really. I dug around and even when the topic was hope, happiness, love, or other positive emotions, writers still make it somehow not positive. If ever there was someone I could count on to bring me a good positive poem, I knew Naomi Shihab Nye would not disappoint. She has a poem titled “So Much Happiness” and I think it describes why it’s so difficult for a writer to put down the positive emotions on paper:
It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
She has this great passage shortly after:
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
And Nye finishes with this stanza:
Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.
That last stanza is my favorite. If you remember from the Positive Seeds post a while back, everything you do has an effect on you and on the entire world. This stanza talks about that positive seed and how it flows out of you. You have no control over it once it leaves you. It is out in the world to do what it can. That energy is out there for everyone and everything.
It’s our turn! Think of how you feel when filled with that positive energy. The topic doesn’t matter, just write about what makes you feel good. Swimming? Singing? Your pets? Your loved ones?
Write something positive. Then, with whatever colored pens / markers / crayons / etc. you have, add some life and little doodles around the poem. Or leave it as is. You can put it in a frame, or make it small enough to fit in someone’s wallet.
Share here in the comments, or share it on the Facebook page for the group. If you do, let me know! I’d love to see all the beautiful and creative pieces you abandon.