One of the saddest moments in my time here in J-Land was the day Judith Heartsong left the AOL journals community as a result of unsolicited advertising being insert into our journal pages. Besides losing one of the best written and most read journals In J-Land when Judith left, the monthly Arsty Essay Contest died a sudden death and our community suffered a big loss.
The monthly Artsy Essay Contest was set up to bring writers together to share and explore their talent. It was to encourage individuals to try and explore their creative side and to practice writing skills. It was a contest for beginners and seasoned writers alike. There was never anything like this contest before Judith Heartsong created it and there has been nothing like it since. Until now!
There is life on the Internet beyond AOL Journals and we are fortunate that Judith set up shop elsewhere in the land of HTML and continued Blogging. Time has passed and Judith has decided to revive her Artsy Essay Contest with some new ideasand expanded formats.
I really enjoyed the challenge of these contests and the ability to discover other writers through this forum. I also coveted one of those Heartsong awards and compete I did! Nope, I never won one, but the fun was in the trying. So, here goes my entry into the newly revived Artsy Essay Contest.
The theme for this month is:
What is your favorite and most inspiringpossession? Tell us about it, and if you want an extra creative challenge... tell us about it without naming it until the very last sentence of your essay:):):)
My favorite and most inspiring possession first came into my life on my fourteenth birthday. It was a gift from my parents and with it, I was told came responsibilities and obligations. I think my mom was afraid I would be entertained by this gift for a while and then it would be set aside to collect dust like so many previous possessions through my early years.
This item required care and dedication. One gets out of certain items only what one is willing to put into them. To my parents’ delight I devoted myself and took the time to care for this item as it deserved. It was not long before I wanted another one.
Oh, we have had our rough times, this possession and I. There were periods that I was so frustrated and fed up with it that I didn’t even want to look at it again. That feeling would wane and I would catch myself staring at it fondly and imaging it in my hands as it would take me places. Most would think that I would be the one doing the taking, yet there were times past when this possession would take me to places I never dreamed possible.
Through this possession I soared to the heavens and felt a Rocky Mountain high. I was transported to Shangri-La and have experienced the summer breeze. I have gone over the rainbow and have found my happiness.
Yes, as I said, I did not have it long before I wanted another one. I was given one that was bigger, brighter, and shinier the following Christmas. I cherished it and was devoted to it. Since that time many of these have passed through my hands and my heart. Some were purchased and some were traded. Some were quite rare and my current one is quite expensive. At one time I even contemplated making one myself, however, I knew I would fret over it and did not want to subject myself to the rigors the craftsmanship would require.
There is no feeling quite like it as my hands touched this item for the first time and each time I touch it seems like the first time. I follow the gentle curves of its body. I feel the tightness and tension within. I know the myriad of emotions this possession can invoke.
Inspiration comes to me often as we spend our time together. Through ownership of this possession I have been inspired to express myself in ways never possible to me before.
Sometime my hands shake as I caress this possession and sometimes they ache. Aching with pain as I produce sensations of pleasure, I feelthe vibrations through my soul. Others around me can sense my emotional intensity while fondling this item, sometimes to my pleasure and sometimes to great embarrassment.
There is no other feeling like it, though, when I know that my caressing, my fondling, my gentle and harsh stroking brings pleasure to others. It is my wish to keep this possession to the day I die. I never want to be without my guitar.