When the mind’s a canvas white
And you have nothing to write
The only way to start
Is to let your mind into the prism of your heart
And let it dive into its deepest chambers-
filled with myriad hidden treasures
and take its pick-
That, my dear, is the trick-
To find your muse.
Your lines let them be loose,
and flow like a river
and let them find a way to mirror every colour-
The warm yellows and the cold blues
The flaming reds and all the in-between hues
The calming green and the shadowy violet
That is the nugget-
To painting your canvas bright;
and making it airy and light.
Add in streaks of indigo and orange
even if it appears strange
For life’s a palette of colours all,
and if your writing is to stand out tall
it must like a rainbow be
then the reader shall surely pause to read.
Smitha Vishwanath is a banker turned writer. She began her writing journey in 2016 through her blog. Thieving Magpies, Spillwords Press, Silverbirch Press, Borderless Journal, and Rebelle Society have published her poetry. In 2019, her poem, 'Omid' was nominated for Best of the Net and her poems, 'Do you have dreams?' and 'Forgotten' were given special mention in NaPoWriMo, 2021 and 2022, hosted by Maureen Thomson. In addition, she was awarded the Reuel International Prize for poetry by the online group TSL. In 2019, she co-authored a book of poetry, 'Roads- A journey with Verses', which received positive reviews. Smitha's writing is peppered with the lessons learned from the plethora of invaluable experiences that come from having lived in India, UAE and Iran, worked in a multi-cultural environment and travelled widely. She resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing, you can find her painting, travelling, or sharing reviews of books she has read on Goodreads, Amazon, and her blog. Her debut novel 'Coming Home' was released on 24th March 2023 and is currently available through Amazon on Kindle and as paperback, in most countries.