You Are More Than Just a Detail

by Eamon O Cleirigh

I’ve learned a lot about writing and grammar by studying Eamon’s style. He was also the editor for The Infection Anthology, published by Pantoum Press in 2011.   I’m honored to feature this piece on Life64. – ML

Creative expression is not just about filling the canvas, but using the essence of a specific detail, in all its varied levels of shape, texture, color, substance, and spirals of light and dark, to bring the space to life without it necessarily making sense to an outside observer.

mona-lisa1The point, of course, is not to spend time ‘thinking’ about composition, or even reasons why, but to have confidence in your ability to take that step into the spectrum of the unknown.

Time spent wondering about external reaction to subconscious manifestation ultimately hinders that forward momentum needed to make the required leap of faith, which is basically about believing in who you are, and that you are more than just a detail.

Allowing the shades and colors of your personal rainbow connect and swirl through form and thought, puts time and space together on the canvas of your mind, and slowly, so slowly, there grows before you an abstract that mirrors the twists and turns, the hot and cold, the dark, deep dynamic of who you really are – that quantum of experience – unreadable beyond learned speculation.

Brush on, brush off – deep reflective strokes, drying and congealing like blood before the camera shot. Your board is full and heavy with the labor of belief. Exhalation acts as a semicolon, leading to an expansive smile, and recognition that stepping across that dark and colorless threshold didn’t lead to artistic annihilation after all.


About Eamon: Eamon is from Ireland, from a long line of homeless novels and short stories. In his spare time he likes to write poetry and tell others where their writing is going wrong. He’s presently coming to terms with being a realist. You can view his musings at:


2 thoughts on “You Are More Than Just a Detail

  1. Wow, Eamon – a very philosophical piece.

    I must admit I often write with an invisible reader looking over my shoulder who tuts from time to time at what I’ve written, so I change it. Next time, I’m going to tell him where to go and write whatever I want! 🙂

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