Creative inspiration between friends
I heard from a friend in New Mexico for the first time in 11 years. And the first words from his mouth? “I wrote a limerick about you yesterday.”
Michael explained that he was inspired to write after hearing a segment on NPR about lava lamps. He recalled the first time I visited him and his wife in their colorfully decorated home. He recalled that I sat down, took everything in and said: “Oh, you have a lava lamp. You’re good people.”
Apparently he was sufficiently amused by my unorthodox judgment of character.
But this isn’t the first time I have inspired prose. A novelist friend once told me that a character in a new book was based on me. Imagine my surprise as I read that the fellow was sweet, much loved – and totally oafish. And he died in a fire.
Let’s hope I fare better in my lava limerick.