My seemingly irrelevant blog post title is a result of a creative session with some students and fellow teachers. THINK Global School has many clubs and extra-curriculars that fill out the day past the core classes and travels, included in which is Word. Breanna - my colleague, roommate, and travel pal for the last three years - developed Word while we were located in Japan, and these sessions helped me produce most of the creative writing pieces I've posted on this blog in 2014. In this session, each participant scribbles a word on a piece of ripped paper, and all go into a pile from which one is blindly chosen. This word can be simple or complex, literal or lyrical. The word chosen sparks some form of creation during that time frame by all in attendance (and that could include virtual participants via the Word website).
The most recent Word session was brought to us by the word "wax," an option possibly inspired by the candle that sat close to the pieces of paper. This was what I came up with in that available hour:
In just a few minutes, I wrote down three stanzas of prose. Each stanza touched on a way I felt clouded in my daily life. I wanted the words to have power but function primarily as raw material for a word art piece. These three stanzas were squeezed into each letter of the word Wax, both in horizontal and vertical orientation. This accounts for the two versions seen above.
While I wish I could populate this website with travel stories upon travel media, reflecting my current experiences, I am only able to find one hour a week at most to produce something quickly of fragmented value. Out of the context of my current life and mentality, this is an odd piece on my travel blog about "wax" and my latest experimentations with Adobe Illustrator.
I think this touches all the more on the waxy build-up I am currently trying to chisel through in order to get back to the reflection that I love, what I consider to be at the core of my travels and the key to my worldview unlocking. It is what I expect of my students and what I secure time and space for, and I need to keep pushing myself to practice what I preach at all costs.
What do you think of this graphic illustration? What do you think of when you hear the word wax? Go to WordRebels.com and contribute your piece to the Word community.