Knowing it is my only chance to escape, I forcefully open the forbidden door.
Welcomed by a chilling breeze and quiet darkness, I charge ahead.
Raising my gaze, thousands of stars glimmer on a pitch black canvas.
I am free.
I am one with the universe.
I am no longer theirs.
I am my own.
But they have noticed and are coming after me.
They now know…that I know…what it is to be free.
In the darkness, I hope to hide.
Then hands latch onto my shoulders like talons.
I am caught.
I am dragged.
Back to the white room…
Does anyone else feel like they take out the trash every day?
Despite the “chore” factor this possesses, I am constantly astonished by how much and how quickly waste is produced. And mind you — I live alone.
As I begin my wrestle with the bin, sounds and smells take me down a recent memory lane.
The clanking of beer bottles from a late night philosophical debate.
Dead flowers that once held blood orange hues.
Donuts from a feast attended by ants.
The memories of days prior remain while their physical mementos exit.
I then ponder, if only it was…
The war had just ended.
Puffs of smoke could be seen in the distance, our ruthless residue from firing against the enemy.
A calmness set in after battle.
Still in our armor, we began to search for the fallen.
The mountains stood serenely beneath a fresh blanket of snow.
Steam danced gracefully on the surface of the lake below.
Wading into the icy water, I followed my commander closely. Knee deep, he reached underneath its crystalline surface.
What emerged left me frozen in place.
I recognized the pallid and decapitated head to be one of our own. With eyes shut…
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you were given two ears to listen more and one mouth to speak less.”
We all wish to be heard because we all wish to be seen. Validation is certainly comforting. As we coexist on this spinning planet of comparison we falsely assume that our words define us. Particularly if we say them with a puffed up chest and some confidence.
But this is not where true strength lies. Words have a funny way of bypassing our inner filtration system. Some of our filtration systems are clogged up. At times we find them disconnected…