Saturday, April 16, 2011

Piglet

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. 
"Yes, Piglet?" 
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you." 
 A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)


I have been thinking about things not said.  I love this quote.  I love the simplicity.  I love that nothing is spelled out but that feeling of safety, friendship and returned love is utterly captured.  

I have been thinking about how good writing works.  How to write a feeling without explaining the feeling.  How to grab a moment and make it sit still long enough to become perfectly realized.  It is not easy to do.  I think it is all about recognition.  That is the root.  To see yourself in a character or room or time or place or awkward situation pulls you into the writing.  It becomes familiar, personal, meaningful, important, yours.  I know that feeling.  I know the small moment of cocooned relief Piglet feels holding Pooh's hand.  Such good writing.


4 comments:

  1. I LOVE this quote!! It's one of my favorites!

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  2. This is my absolute favourite Winnie the Pooh quote, love it! When I was little I used to call up my dad during the day and do this to him :-) I love how it conveys everything without actually saying much, love how deep and powerful (and cute too) it is! :-)

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  3. I used to love Winnie the Pooh as a kid. I adore this quote!

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