Howl at the Moon
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” — Allen Ginsberg
Do you follow Ginsberg’s advice — in your writing and/or in your everyday life?
My inner moonlight? I’m not sure I even know what that means, or what Mr. Ginsberg was trying to say. I don’t think I have any hidden madness. I’m pretty solidly planted, practical, realistic. I can have flights of fantasy, and often do. I don’t think that’s madness.
This just doesn’t strike me right. Maybe it’s because of the work I do, trying to help people who are very depressed and have been told that they’re “insane.” That’s a horrible thing to say to a hurting person. Say it to me, and I shrug it off. Say it to someone who’s fighting incredible darkness, and it’s not so shruggable.
Is Mr. Ginsberg simply saying we shouldn’t try to hide who we really are? If so, he put it in rather disturbing terms. Are we all hiding some inner madness that we need to unleash just for the sake of self-expression? What a world THAT would create!
I do try to be honest in my life and in my writing. I strive for simple terms, simply presented. My thinking tends to run in pretty straight lines, and I don’t often entertain hobgoblins and werewolves in my mind.
Okay, I just found the quote in a more complete setting, and it makes a little more sense:
Maybe I’m too prosaic. Maybe that’s my true inner madness. Beats me.