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Choice: Whichever way you look at it. / 7 December 2014

Three images with one frame; largest in the centre.

Difficult choice. Digital image

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This poem was inspired by the picture on the right.

The picture was inspired by a recent DaDaFest poetry event where I experienced problems processing the performance, because of the large screen that showed very powerful images, against an accompaniment of classical music.

At one point I had to close my eyes so that I could hear the poems.

This might have concerned me less had I not been asked to write a review of the performance. Sitting down to write the review, I was faced with a near-blank recollection of the poetry.

I’m not claiming to be any kind of genius, but the reason for my problem, I think, is that my right and left brains are well-connected. That is, I do words and pictures equally.

However, the whole left and right brain thing turns out to be rubbish.

But politics is a right-left issue that is still fairly current. Or is it?

Here’s the poem.

Choose right or left
 
Overkill is expected
when two entities
that are separate yet
well-connected
are made to choose
 
between opposites
that are otherwise
equal in all respects
 
estrangement
from silence
is upsetting
 
I miss her
in spring
when the morning
wind nibbles my earlobes
and puffs at my lashes
 
my tastebuds
and fingernails gasp
at the clouds
above and beyond
life's fleeting horizon
 
the mind is one world in
a two-handed hold on
words that demand a
deep understanding to
know it's true meaning
 
meanwhile
the eye delights
and sighs
at the night time sights
the heart supplies
 
that sign
on the right
looks inviting
 
it might
be salvation
beckoning
from behind the glow in
that bright green greeting