My Self

There lives in me an intensity to invent worlds. Creation and destruction are my blood and my bones, my food and my breath. Since the age of nine I have wandered the world with pen and paper, watching and writing about the people I know and those I don’t. My words are the lives and the memories one can only suppose.

Sometimes, if I sit very quietly, I can feel parallel universes shuffling, moving, thinking around me, like five thousand sighs in a canyon. I wait to grab just one echo.

“I know my work is good.  Not everybody likes it, that’s fine.  I don’t do it for everybody.  Or anybody.  I do it because I can’t not do it.” – Maurice Sendak

You can find my spoken word over on SoundCloud under my moniker of Philisapher



37 thoughts on “My Self

    1. lisainger Post author

      Thanks, you too. I get quite overwhelmed when I consider what some do to get paid millions for and what writers do and get paid nothing for.
      I’ll never stop, I just can’t. At this stage I can only hope for more readers and whether that is paid and published or blogged and appreciated, then so be it.
      We writers have gotta take whatever we can – slutty story tellers that we are 😉 I like that, its a good call.

  1. matthewphillipomalley

    In my opinion, people who always have notebooks or wrinkled paper in their pockets with something they wrote or drew are the coolest! It’s interesting reading someones work and what they’ve done or thought, and then reading their mini bio and a bit of who they are. I’m a big fan of your poems, keep it up, and good luck with publishing.. yikes

    1. Philisapher Post author

      Well colour me cool then! I always go to the about section too, so I can see within their words just a little bit. I am glad you enjoy what you read, it is my absolute love in life and I am so glad it is something I can share.
      Apologies for not having followed you sooner, oftentimes I find myself rather distracted on here.

      1. matthewphillipomalley

        It’s all good, I haven’t even been on here a month. And yeah, too much information can be a bit distracting. You can type in jelly and wordpress has hours of shit for you to read about jelly… reculous

  2. pjb1943

    Good evening Philisapher,
    A note to say thanks for your visit to my site which gave me the opportunity to visit yours. I find your style so refreshing in its openness and honesty, not so esoteric as some out there. When I read a piece I don’t like to try to interpret what the writer has said. Plain language saying exactly what you mean is beautiful, and that’s what you do. Good on you for that.
    Best to you,

    1. Philisapher Post author

      What kind and wonderful compliments! Thank you so much for visiting and enjoying. It is not often I can say ‘I really enjoyed your cat poem’ but I truly did – it was great!

  3. Seth Winternight

    I wanted to stop by and thank you for following my blog. I see you’re interested in Literature, so I hope my haiku poetry can give you some inspiration to your own writing. I wish you luck and good fortune and I hope “Prelude to You” is a success.

  4. lawsonsotherdog

    when art gets its hooks into you can never, never step back. wish you well getting book published…….cheers ken

  5. Arpit Raval

    Thanks for following the blog….then I checked out yours and realized it’ll be a sin to read it as if passing through. So, I’m dropping a word of appreciation and I’ll read it leisurely tonight 🙂

  6. prewitt1970

    A quote by the late Maurice Sendak “I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.”
    ** this I understand with all of my being,

    1. Philisapher Post author

      Yes, the words of a true creator. One doesn’t simply stop art, if its in the heart, its in the blood and bones; its in your existence.

  7. Mike

    Congratulations Lisa, in recognition of the high standard and quality contributions of your blog I take great pleasure in nominating you for the Liebster Award. This award is designed for bloggers with less than 200 followers. The rules are:
    1. Share eleven facts about yourself with your fellow bloggers.
    2. Make sure to answer the eleven questions posed.
    3. Ask eleven questions of your own.
    4. Nominate eleven bloggers for this award.
    5. Notify the people you have tagged.

    Your eleven questions:
    1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
    2. If you were awarded the Nobel Prize in literature would you look back on that as the best moment in your life?
    3. If you could meet any public figure (past or present) who would it be? Why?
    4. Best British actor?
    5. World’s best painting?
    6. Religion – relevant or dated?
    7. Vegas or Venice?
    8. Would you accept a free holiday in North Korea?
    9. Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
    10. What educational qualification does the President of Syria hold?
    11. Favourite French dish? (NOT a person)

    1. Philisapher Post author

      Thank you so much for thinking of me Mike, I am honoured with the thought. Unfortunately due the time required in partaking in these things I generally don’t continue on the chain, but greatly appreciate the sentiment. So thank you again, and well done for your own recognition.

  8. Nandini Godara

    Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Award. This award is designed for bloggers with less than 200 readers, who quite frankly are pretty ace at what they do and deserve more.

    The rules are:

    1. Share eleven facts about yourself with your fellow bloggers.
    2. Make sure to answer the eleven questions posed.
    3. Ask eleven questions of your own.
    4. Nominate eleven bloggers for this award.
    5. Notify the people you have tagged.

    Here are your questions:

    1. What is your favourite element?
    2. Which is your most favourite swear word? WHY?
    3. If you could punch a famous person, who would it be?
    4. If your food fell to the floor, how long before you consider it inappropriate to pick it back up and eat it?
    5. Is “mint” a legit ice-cream flavour? Do you like it?
    6. How are you feeling today?
    7. Do you think we will blow ourselves up? Or do you still have faith in mankind?
    8. Do you feel bad for “pluto” (the planet) ?
    9. Favourite director /author/ screenwriter?
    10. What’s love got to do with it?
    11. Let’s say you got famous for something, like writing a book, or curing a disease or punching that celebrity in q.3. Which talk show host would you like to interview you about it?

    Have fun with it!

    1. Philisapher Post author

      Thank you so Nandini for your recognition of my blog, it is so thoughtful to carry on this to me. Unfortunately due to its time consuming requirements I generally don’t keep the motion going but I really do appreciate the sentiment and idea behind it. Well done on your own nomination.

  9. nirbhayasindia

    Great writing. Enjoyed it, especially the poetry. Wasn’t able to locate the ‘like’ button somehow on the posts. But can relate to your poetry quite a bit actually. There is a raw appeal in it, that I tend to gravitate to when attempting to write myself. Am ‘following’ you. Closely.

    1. Philisapher Post author

      Thank you so much, even though I don’t participate in these things I understand their sentiments and feel honoured in you nomination me. Congratulations on your own.
      Also thank you for reminding me, I have been remiss in visiting your blog lately and must rifle through your pieces. I love the new look too, very nice.

      1. ρöετις

        You are very welcome and thank you as well! Yeah I figured most people wouldn’t want to participate, I never have either in the past so I really just did it to show my appreciation to those bloggers whom I have faithfully followed for a while now and whose posts I try never to miss!
        No worries, I have been super busy as of late trying to get my book together and ready for publication so I honestly haven’t been on here much lately.
        Thank you for the compliment on the new design, I had gotten so tired of the old one and I wanted something different, Im so happy you like it! I had to take a crash course in html and CSS to do it but knowing that stuff has actually come in very handy for doing the graphic design and formatting of the book.

      2. Philisapher Post author

        Are you self publishing the book? Online? Or submitting it to publishers? A book of poetry and photography I assume.
        Sounds like so crazy hard work but definitely paid off for the web site.

      3. ρöετις

        Yes, self publishing a book of poetry/photography but going through someone like create-space or smash-words because they offer both online and print publishing. Basically I put it all together and they take it and format it for the different reader software and make it available on several of the big online platforms but I will have to do all the marketing myself. It has been pretty hard but I think its totally worth it.

  10. Kazi Mustakim

    Its a great honor for me to meet such talented writer/poet like you Lisa…
    My best wishes and thoughts sending you through the universal soul….. ~ Kazi

  11. behindthemaskofabuse

    Thank you so much for joining us at wePoets. It’s much appreciated, and we’d be happy to showcase your work should you want to share. (Sorry about the gravatar, it’s from my other blog don’t know why it hasn’t changed over)

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