The Witchwood Manor Sign

I thought some of you might be curious about the Witchwood Manor sign I went on and on about the other day, so I drove over there to take a picture.

As I was standing there with my Iphone taking this picture, terrified that Victor Garber would come home and yell at me for hanging about in his driveway, it occurred to me that inspiration is a funny thing. This plain, sort of crookedly hand-painted sign captured my imagination and inspired me to make up a whole world full of people and adventures for them to go on. If you think about it, it’s kind of amazing that a piece of plywood and some paint can do that. (And, I might add, it’s also a really good reason for Mr. Garber to give me this sign.) All of this is to say that inspiration is everywhere. There are thousands of stories just hanging around in unlikely places waiting to be told.

This mini-epiphany made me think of William Carlos Williams, who found inspiration in the most random things.

including a red wheelbarrow:

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

and a bowl of plums:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

I wonder what is going to inspire you?

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