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Why Do I Write?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 14, 2018 21:56

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There hasn't been a time in my life when i wasn't writing. For me writing is that wonderful opportunity to reach out to someone somewhere and share my feelings.

As a child, I remember writing letters to my parents from camp. We were in the midst of the Second World War, and although children were sent away in the summers to avoid the scourge of polio that was threatening us every year, we were aware of what was going on around the world. That was only one event that provided me with the reason to write. Heaven knows that there have been many other such opportunities throughout my life.

When the summer ended, I received a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music. I played the piano and studied music theory there, and until I was 12, music was my major interest. One of my friends at Julliard was an African American girl with whom I wrote songs. Once again,writing stepped back into my world. In addition, the students were asked to write a song that dealt with the war. My father helped me choose Schubert's Unfinished Symphony as the background music, and I wrote the following song:

"All men yearn to be free – to live a life of liberty. Freedom, of thee I sing, what joy and happiness you bring. Let's all get in and fight to end this war with all our might. Bring back the sun again to a new world of happy men."

At about 12, I passed an exam that enabled me to enter a junior high school where there was a great deal of emphasis on pursuing knowledge that ordinarily was taught in the high schools. It was there where I had a wonderful chance to use my ability to write, and I left there dreaming of becoming a journalist.

As time passed, I used my love of writing as a college student and inevitably to produce the thesis that enabled me to obtain my Masters in Political Theory and Constitutional Law. Once again the written word helped me to express what I wanted to say.

As a college professor, my syllabi were centered around writing. My background as an undergraduate student of Philosophy inspired the approach I took to teaching. Instead of lecturing, I asked my students to respond to specific questions in writing, and of that came our open discussions in class. Here again the written word took precedence.

Today in retirement, I have turned to poetry. Living as I do in a senior residence, the poems I write are endlessly placed on a board that hangs in the lobby of the building. The written word remains my first love, and for as long as I am able to continue to do so I am certain that writing will remain the wonderful experience that fills my life and provides me with a special pleasure that nothing else seems to offer.  I recommend it to others like myself.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 14, 2018 21:56

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