When do I feel that a “piece” is complete?
When I am satisfied that I have achieved
What I intended.
An idea has been shaped, molded,
Developed to the point where it feels “right”.
I am convinced that it will successfully transmit
To a receptive receiver and emerge
As I intended, whole and complete.
This business of honing and refining
All that falls between “Once upon a time”
And “The end” is a sort of alchemy,
Stirring the pot with a pinch of this
Or a dash of that and with the right incantation
Out comes a complete “piece”.
So often I’ll go back to revisit an older “piece”
That, upon re-reading, feels incomplete
Either through new insight,
A re-examination of the notions that lead me to it,
Or the simple passage of time
That has left the original work in the dust.
Most people who embark on an endeavour
Feel a need to create something.
So I start with a desired effect.
Happiness, melancholy, loneliness, love.
I create an effect
In order to create an affect