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Up until this month, I've never considered myself a poetry kind of gal.(I've always been more into the brute force of my boy, Ernest Hemingway's,passionate, ham-fisted prose.)
But through a strange confluence of events, that has changed. First, as Imentioned earlier this week, a close friend recently introduced me to the idea of writing poetry as a way to process emotional abstractions and experiences.
One poem in particular has been rattling aggressively around my heart since he shared it last week. It turned the way I view aspecific paintingI'm sure many of you are familiar with completely on its headin the most haunting way:
Where I think many of us once saw the picture of ideal love and passion, I now can't help but see the fractures — especially in this line:"It must be morning in a faraway place somewhere."
The poem itself also speaks to a larger theme of assuming, from the outside, that something is perfect; for example, someone else's relationship.
Taking a step back even further, however, I'd say this poetic observation is a powerful reminder that we draw a lot of assumptions about what we perceive something to be. Moreover, we assume — at least I do — that people see things exactly the way we do, when they don't.
Whether you're observing the world around you or trying to keep your audience in mind with the next piece of content you create, always remember that everyone comes to the proverbial table with their own set of experiences, opinions, preconceived notions, and so on, that influence how they react to or experience something.
Or, as one of John's favorite quotes so eloquently states:
"All opinion is autobiography."
On a marginally related note, I know I've been digging into some uncharacteristically Deep Thoughts™ in THE LATEST recently. So, to lighten the mood, I'll share that I almost scared myself to death last night on my way to bed when I came upon the reflection of my disgruntled alpaca print perfectly framed in a hallway mirror. (I don't have a cute scream, by the way.)
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