As promised in the podcast, here’s a link to Philip Larkin’s ‘Toads’. It’s a poem many of us would like to stick over our desks in a large font, but would risk the wrath of The Management, no doubt, if  we did. Let’s just do like they did in the old days, and learn it off by heart! Then mumble it softly as we miss our monthly targets.

Also for your delight and edification, below is Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, again referred to in the podcast. Seems we can only be truly creative when all our other needs have been fulfilled. So the old cliche of the starving writer in a garret can’t be true. Or can it? Can the sheer need to create overcome all over privations, or does the garret-dweller ultimately need the wealthy patron to take care of the lower part of the pyramid first?

And is ‘breathing’ really a need in this sense, I wonder?

All the best for now.




Author: squattingtoad

Mel is a comedy writer and performer, with a particular interest in creativity and a cynical interest in the workplace and how its idiosyncrasies (nicest word she could find) can drive us all mad.

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