Sunday, July 5, 2015

The depth of our vowels



photo by Poster Boy


How enamored we are with our   -isms
& blind
              they leave us

              to anything beyond
              beliefs prescribed them

( I don't even
   need to give you a picture,
   we all know them
   & none                                 haven't fallen )

                                                prey
                         prey
Prey

that your god
will notice - when you look
                     in the mirror.

                                                Tomorrow.



24 comments:

  1. The rhythm of 'prey' is haunting, eerie, like an omen...yet, there may come a time when the mirror cracks...maybe shattered...and then...who knows...

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  2. oh yes, isms blind us and make us rot...well said :)

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  3. We humans like to put things in boxes. Put 'away' neat and tidy. Isms allow us to do just that - quick and easy! No thinking required *smiles*. Your use of the word 'prey' is great, especially the last repetition which we read as 'pray'. Well thought out and I always love your setting out as it can draw attention sometimes to the real meaning of the words. WP isn't able to do this unfortunately.

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  4. I hope to try your type of layout using invisible tables, lol! I remember trying long ago in Windows 7 and it wouldn't work. Perhaps it will with 8.1...

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  5. and yet my dear X we are never in tomorrow...and that is the thing we just can't make sense of...optimism....

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  6. I don't agree with labels, do not use them, do not accept them.

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  7. The reader could take away many messages from this well-constructed piece. The title (about vowels), in combination with the drawing out of the word "HIP," leads me to believe you are keying in on our over-emphasis on the "I" (self). Our desire to be cool, look sexy, etc. Obviously you conclude with this point: that we make ourselves a god, particularly in how we look. Also, the hip could refer to the story of Jacob, wrestling with the angel of the Lord. Jacob had to be taught a lesson because of his arrogance. His permanent injury would forever be a reminder that he should trust God in all things.

    Also in the title, I see V-owls and V-howls. There's the obvious interpretation of this, but also there's the V formation birds fly in, which suggests to me that you're accusing us (particularly women) of conforming, flocking, and following the crowd. But then you say "our vowels," so perhaps you're including yourself in the accused, or perhaps it's only a cover. "Depth" is sarcastic, as you're saying we (women or humanity) are shallow and wrapped up in appearances and self-worship.

    The "ism" you've chosen to highlight with your image suggests that we often worship our sadness, and emotions in general, which is certainly a female tendency.

    I think the "ism" can also be removed to reveal this:
    "How enamored we are with our & blind" ... which, to me, becomes "How enamored we are with our hand blind." I could write a lengthy essay on the meaning of this, but I'll spare you.

    This is another thought-provoking stand-alone: "they leave us to anything beyond" ... Again, I could go on and on about the possibilities here.

    Same here: "I don't even" ... So you're odd. Also, you're not "in" Eve. And you're not saying "hey" to "Sven."

    "Pray that your god will not ice." That's a scary thought. We always think there's more time to "get right." But at some point, there's just not any more time. Either her god is her self, or maybe she sees her god in the mirror, standing behind her. Like someone said in another comment, tomorrow never comes. Do we just continually put off having a relationship with God, hoping we still have time, until we don't?

    Pray/prey tomorrow. What a sad notion. The depth of our vowels. There it is ... the difference between an "a" and an "e." What are we going after? And how are we going about it? This is fantastic and inspiring. Thank you for this.

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    1. "Tear" could also be a ripping apart rather than crying. It all depends on how one interprets the image. The accompanying image, OR the image of yourself that you don't need to give us, because 1) we are already so enamored of you, and 2) so are you (enamored of yourself) ... if you are included in the "we," of course. I'm sure you're not, as I can tell you have a humble, Godly heart. You are a beautiful example of the Shepherd, and we are blessed to have you. Goodness, I hope we don't get lost along the way and begin to worship you! ;) Ha. That reminds me of a preacher's wife who told me once that John Wesley was every bit as important as Jesus. She also implied that my children would be cast out of heaven if they were not baptized as infants. (We used to be Methodist, but my husband and I don't baptize our babies. We let them choose the right time.)

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    2. We have to watch that with anyone we put on a pedestal. Whether they intend it or not. Think about our athletes. celebrities. pastors. heroes.

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  8. sometimes we feel safer in neatly defined territory than in the free space where we have to weigh and choose and decide ourselves according to what we have heard and learned, listening to him - it makes me sad when something that was designed to give us freedom ties us up in a little space - we make him small with this

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  9. B ... never accept labels of any kind and never label anyone ... the rest is a piece of cake ... cuz tears dry on their own ... Love, cat.

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  10. The conjunction of prey and pray is a pretty scary place, and one to raise thought. Thanks. k.

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  11. I'm trying to set aside isms, labels. Somehow we defy description and when we get into pigeon-holing ourselves we wither. I also liked how you used "prey." Yikes. I wish you have a follow button. Just sayin'

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  12. Wish if the world could imbibe the "ism" in its true meaning of humanism..

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  13. X marks the spot, every time. If all the love and the money we thrown to our fake heroes, no one would ever starve or be poor, how selfish we are. We are their prey-and yes we should pray, hard....I love every letter you write and the space in between X forever

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  14. There is so much things in a label.. it can also be inflated.. maybe we will fall prey to be the same though.. very good. (and how did I miss this one)

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  15. We're fond of our jingoism--it gives us those easy answers we lean on, the ones that usually support our own opinions, fears and weaknesses. I do feel that things are getting completely out of hand though with the way we use language to instill fear and hate, to evoke a reaction meant to divide us, so that we can be controlled all the easier. Nice flow to this one, and a hard truth.

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  16. So true, X...isms everywhere...we have to beware...!

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  17. Oh, so true. We use our words as shields and as weapons, when it shouldn't be a war. Conversation, and listening, get lost in the shuffle/scuffle.

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  18. This made me feel sad and tearrism - the word alone evokes sadness - and I worry about conforming to a philosophy you are not comfortable with in an ever changing world that uses pressure to make others see their viewpoint. The word prey is alarming,,,do the strong prey on the weak of the world? I think we need to try and keep perspective so we do not fall prey and maybe, if it is your belief pray pray pray..

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  19. This has impact, slap in the face sort of impact. My mom has some very narrow and worrying political views that are mostly governed by fear. I noticed that when she was here and it got me to thinking about areas in which I might also be in denial

    mindlovemisery

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