“I felt after I finished Slaughterhouse-Five that I didn’t have to write at all anymore if I didn’t want to. It was the end of some sort of career. I don’t know why, exactly. I suppose that flowers, when they’re through blooming, have some sort of awareness of some purpose having been served. Flowers didn’t ask to be flowers and I didn’t ask to be me. At the end of Slaughterhouse-Five…I had a shutting-off feeling…that I had done what I was supposed to do and everything was OK .”  Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), American writer, Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut

© 2015, words and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved


  1. Dear Jamie,
    After a long grueling satisfying hike, once the hiking boots come off, you might feel like you never want to put them back onto your tender feet or even take another step. But it doesn’t take long before you start to hear the rush of water, the rustle of leaves, the birdsong that tempts you back onto the trail.
    Thank you for sharing a very thoughtful post.
    I hope you are well!


  2. Everytime I finish a poem, I am sure there are no more in me. I feel as though I have put a period on all I ever needed to say. But then, sometimes a long time later, something surfaces. But that finished feeling is very scary while it lasts!

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  3. Interesting. I was just teaching a friend about Zentangles, a form of handwritten art where you mindfully focus on making one stroke at a time — that’s the Zen part– to create your own repetitive patterns — that’s the creative ‘tangle’ part. You might enjoy it, too, and I’d be happy to show you. I already have all we need to get started.


    1. So Maria Thomas, who founded Zentangles with her partner Rick Roberts, who was a Zen priest for 13 years, said that she had felt she had something to do that was important, and she feels that founding Zentangles was it. The common thread for flowers and Kurt Vonegut was the meeting of their destiny! –Linda


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