Turn On The Bright Lights

Train Station, Malvern

“Light is creation. Darkness is the space necessary to create.”
― Erica Jasmin Cartaya


It isn’t enough to simply inhabit –

to suck up oxygen and take up space

while entangled in a safety net

of familiarity and status quo.

Comfort must be exchanged for growth.


It isn’t useful to recoil from what terrifies –

the roller coaster ride, the cross-country flight,

the big audition, the high dive,

the first date, the big mistake.

At least you learned.


Complacency could never breed

the satisfaction that only stems

from fears faced down and disquietude engaged.

The thrill is in the reaching.

The victory lies in the fact that you tried.


Failure is measured in minutes passed

and the rise and fall of ocean’s tide

without the stretching and strengthening

of your body, will, and mind.

To remain stagnant is to die.


I’d rather go for broke, crashing and burning

a path to extremes of experience and consciousness.

Test me, bend me, let me be unnerved

so I don’t look through ordinary eyes.

As I walk among the dead, let me be alive.


Writing LIVE

I’d like to take a minute to thank all of you – from around the world – who have taken the time to read my blog.  I cannot tell WHO reads (you remain anonymous)…I can only see the number of readers, and what country the view comes from.  But to EACH of you, whoever you are…THANK YOU.  Sincerely.  I share my creations with the world for free.  I create for the purpose of creating — because I have to, because it is the only way I want to live.  But if anyone reads and enjoys these thoughts and creations, it is an honor.

Thank you to readers in each of these countries who stopped by my blog this year:

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I appreciate every reader.  ❤  And I can’t wait to see you guys in 2014.  It’s gonna be amazing…I can feel it.

xo, Jenn

**Poem and all photos copyright Jenn Howe, 2013


14 thoughts on “Turn On The Bright Lights

    1. Thank you, Sandy! You have so much talent as well, and there’s much I could learn from you. I hope to see you – and more of your work – again soon! xoxo 🙂

  1. Ms. H:
    Do, please, keep writing–always write.
    Life leaves its marks on us; the least that we can do is to reciprocate–vigourousy.
    Draw blood!
    Love & Regards,

    1. Thanks again, Mike. You are always reading and commenting. It’s sad but true – you show more interest in my work than most people who “love” me and know me intimately. I appreciate it, very much. My poems/writing are very important to me. Wishing you the best in the year to come! xo, Jenn 🙂

  2. I want to stay connected to people who can lead me to art in its various forms. Part of the problem with facebook is that it turns into high school part deux, complete with cliques part deux etc. It’s horrible! Often I wish social media would completely disappear and we were back to nothing but records, telephone cabling, phone booths, film, newspaper prints. It was better then. But, there are ALSO the occasional Jennifer Howes around, thankfully, on social media!

    1. Thank you, beautiful Guy 🙂 I wish you all the best, as well. I will get to Europe someday! Also, if I ever complete my book of poems, I will have to get with you about turning it into a lovely bound edition 🙂 Cheers…xxxx

      1. Would be a complete pleasure young
        lady. I meant to message you when Mr areed passed on. May he be fabulously grumpy always, ; (wherever he may be) 🙂 xxx

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