“Trying to find my roost /one lidded, late afternoon,/ the consolation of color/worked up like neediness,/like craving chocolate” – W. S. Di Piero, “Chicago and December”
Last week I walked past the brand-new Restoration Hardware building in University Village, something more in the shape of a temple with three square tiered stories and trees planted in troughs on each level than a shop, the so-called Flagship Store, named as if it were going to sail off across the Atlantic Ocean like the Titanic did in 1912, and this building might just do that if it were only moored somewhere, it was that massive and that grand.
But here I was, walking past the newly opened doorway of this temple to period furnishings for the 1919 post-Victorian home, the 1920s Tudor, the 1930s Craftsman, perhaps even the 1940s cottage, this enormous shop that would be filled with stained-glass lamps and tulip-shade sconces and muslin hanging drapes. Glancing in the doorway as I walked by, my eyes were met by the bland, by the mute browns and tans and ecrus of sofas and couches and matching chairs, the pebbled tweed cloth merging into the background of a life, of a furnishing that pretends to be of and from another era. Striving to escape this era, perhaps.
And I realized that all I needed at that moment was a consolation of color.
About this post
This store is in my neighborhood, built in an (upscale) shopping center. I wrote this little reflection on the plane on my way to Washington, D. C. to visit family and sight-see for a couple of days before the Inauguration Day rush in a couple of weeks. You might notice I included the poetry fragment that inspired my reflection.
I’m curious how other writers and bloggers get their inspiration for a post. I often grab a poem (Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day, usually) and scan it until I see a line that grabs me. Do you ever start a blog post using a line or a verse of poetry? Or perhaps an image? Do you start with a single word and work outward from that one word? Do you have a song running through your head that makes you think of something to write about? I’d love to know! – I’m always looking for new sources of creative inspiration …!