Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Illusion of Familiarity

" in the illusion of familiarity, when in reality, every
moment and every breath is always unfamiliar, unknown."
- Nico, Interruption

We are comfortable in our not knowing
what goes on behind
closed doors
accustomed to the inviting store fronts
that friends and family want
their lives to be.

We gaze into the window displays
and perhaps 
engage in conversation
in the doorway
at the front counter.

Rarely do we see
the stockroom
the employee entrance
the loading dock
the alleyway dumpsters.

Asking to step 
the counter
or tour
the stockroom
is risky.

Perhaps we will engage instead by
our family and friends
to come out the front door
stand on the sidewalk
sit on the curb
walk in the gritty street
to share
a morning sunrise or
an afternoon stroll
 or simply gaze in awe
at a night sky.



Fire Up by Ben von Burg
“Books are the best of things, well used. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson  As a writer, your only duty is to be original, to inspire, to put something new on paper. Don’t be reasonable – your job is to to fire up people’s imaginations, to give them permission to dream, and to lift their heads up to the incredible sight of the stars. They may forget what you wrote about – but they won’t forget how you made them feel. It’s your turn now. Dream, be unreasonable and write what comes to you for 15 minutes. BvB


Interruption said...

This is an amazing post. We are comfortable with not knowing what goes on behind closed doors. It is a fine, thin line we live our life on...there is only so much we can do to help. You cannot 'force' your way into the stockroom. This is the sad nature of abuse. It can be kept hidden and while we are at the 'front counter' children are being hurt. But if, we are gazing together we need to have our eyes open and be aware of the signs. There has to be a way to help the people who need it. Take care.

Peace, Nico

Rich P. said...

Renee, in a world of infinite choices, we are, by necessity, "deletion creatures." It would be an impossibility to take it all in and I believe that we did not intend that in human form. In our higher consciousness, we can and do "see it all," and that's why we emerge here, for the "storefronts" and the smaller (yet creative) perspective. I love YOUR perspective on this, via this post.


Rw said...

thank you for kind words as i struggle through this difficult week ~ and it is not even my crisis but the threat of violence against someone i love