Breaking Out

Here is the third entry into the VERY occasional series, responding to the Artwork of My Friends – the first being here and the second here.

I asked my friend Doug Shaw to select a piece of his work for me to write about. Here is my response.

Painting by Doug Shaw

Breaking Out       by Janet Webb

Warm, familiar, not loud, not bright,
This comforting place is my delight.
This shell keeps me secure, held and still,
Away from the cliff edge, safe from ill will.

These bars protect me from unknown harm,
Enclosing with nothing to cause alarm.
They stop me from doing what’s foolish, what’s rash,
Protecting me from what’s harsh, what’s brash.

But painfully bound to a familiar game,
Repeating, repeating, repeating the same,
The solid walls smother and stifle the din
And I shrink and contract; my outlook looks in.

So I break from this jail that’s safe but a bore,
Cut the rope that tethers and learn to soar.
Looking over the edge I see a different view
And risking the fall, I learn something new.

I’ll leave the comfort of what I know
And explore what is hidden in order to grow.
To climb like a vine and snatch at the sky.
And if I fall? Well, for a moment I’ll fly.


Damp Ink; sing with me.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…

…and I’m feeling good.” (enter the brass section) Dum. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum, da.

A while ago a close colleague said that she was thinking about some ideas, mostly from “Damp Ink.” I immediately thought:

“What’s Damp Ink? Perhaps a repository of initial thoughts and ideas or something. Must look into it.”

What she actually said was “Dan Pink”! which made perfect sense in the context of what we were talking about. Set me thinking though. Which is how life works – someone shares a thought and that sets someone else off. Neurons fire neurons. Juxtaposition, changed perspective, looking through a distorted lens – it all works to stimulate, challenge, create and increase understanding.

So Damp Ink is born – my repository of first thoughts and ideas to set you off. Let the music begin.