Sunday, February 21, 2010

To Anais Nin On Her Birthday

(February 21, 1903–January 14, 1977)

Anais Nin was a prolific diarist, novelist and poet.  She is one of my favorite authors and I wrote this little poem in her honor a few years back. (Her name is pronounced "ana-eese Neen").   Her diaries are works of art and voyeuristic trips into the mind of an amazing, unique woman. 

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

 To Anais Nin on Her Birthday
By Marion

I was hungry for a muse,
starving for inspiration,
when you came to me
and fed me,
filling me with your words
expanding my little world
changing me
forever.

Woman-child,
Queen of artifice,
keeper of the gates
of feminine mystery,
I thank you
for having the courage
to have lived your life
as no other woman has
before you
or since.



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A few of my favorite quotes by Anais Nin:

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~Anais Nin

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I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. ~Anais Nin

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A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. ~Anais Nin

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin

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Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. ~Anais Nin

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It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. ~Anais Nin

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Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ~Anais Nin

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There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.  ~Anais Nin

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11 comments:

Kelly said...

Your poem is a lovely tribute!

My favorite of the quotes you shared is the one above the poem.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Beautiful poem you composed as a tribute to your muse! I must confess that I'm not as a prolific reader as I once was. Since painting came into my life, that has become all consuming. But now I'm trying to incorporate at least 15 minutes a day to absorb books. Maybe I'll start with Anais Nin.

akka b. said...

Thank you for sharing these quotes...what an amazing mind indeed. mmn...

Karen said...

I have never read or thought much about Anais Nin (thanks for the pronunciaiton, by the way) before I started reading you blog. I keep telling myself I'm going to have to look into her diaries. From her quotes she sounds like an incredible woman. Happy Birthday to you muse!

Wine and Words said...

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Damn if I ain't still wrapping my petals around. Painful indeed. Lovely tribute to your muse, my Marion!

Woman in a Window said...

Marion, I love your poem. "I thank you
for having the courage
to have lived your life
as no other woman has
before you
or since."

Let's dare to try.

She is gorgeous, as are you. I love the quote of friendship. Love them all, in fact.

xo
erin

quid said...

That's a beautiful picture and a poem that really expresses all you've ever said about her. Bravo!

quid

Kay said...

lovely tribute, and two wonderful women!

Ces said...

Aaaw. I did not know it was her birthday anniversary today! Well happy birthday Anais. I love that name.

Serena said...

Beautiful tribute to a lovely woman who was so ahead of her time.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

beautiful! wonderful tribute to "the" woman among women! thanks so much for sharing!