Saturday, November 21, 2009


I know how to break a creator’s heart.

Simply tell them, “maybe”.

Maybe things will change, maybe tomorrow won’t be the same, maybe I’ll answer the phone when you call.

There is no word more venomous, more potent, more damning than the word ‘maybe’ to a creative person, for the creator knows that ‘maybe’ does not exist in creation.

No, in creation, there simply is or there isn’t.

What artist traces a line onto a blank canvas with the word ‘maybe’ in mind? What composer inserts a note in just the right place, hoping ‘maybe’? What writer frantically scribbles down a passing thought onto a note-pad thinking, ‘maybe’?

No, the creator knows.
The creator knows what is and what isn’t.

Should something unwanted find its way into the composition, a misplaced line, a wrong note, a poor choice of words, it is destroyed.

The creator sees the grand result before it even exists, and in the struggle to snatch it from vision to reality, knows what must stay and what must go.

‘Maybe’ has no place in the vast world of creation.

Maybe the sun will rise for just one more day, maybe the moon will come out for just one more night, maybe your heart will beat just one more beat.

No, there is no such thing.

So now you know why every time you tell me ‘maybe’,

you maybe just broke my heart.


Mr. Charleston said...

GREAT post Juan Pablo. Bravo! Reminds me of Reagan-speak... "I'm sure it probably is!" How many times have you heard that? No fence straddling there, no sir.

YayaOrchid said...

This was a great post JP! I like the clarity and reasoning. I second the Bravo!

Cyndi said...

Your insight and perspective is truly amazing, especially at your age. You have a great blog JP and a great talent.

Anonymous said...

I saw that you allow anonymous comments, so...

I'd heard you were a good writer and was inclined to assume that this was not true, but your writing is excellent. I also tend to be a pretty critical person, so I don't throw out compliments that easily (not that my opinion really matters, lol).

All that out of the way, I think you should write more and update this blog more often. It'll be good for you and your loyal readers.

Moss said...

It moved me. I've felt that. Heard it. And have always understood that "maybe" can break hearts. Thank you.

Kindness N Love said...

I think it is true that the end result is so clear and the creator just knows even if they can't even explain it.