What It Means To See
Notty Bumbo, 2019
Is a transaction
Between competing lies,
How the world frightens one
While exhilarating another every day,
Thunder storms and the terrors of the night
Notwithstanding, all phenomenon a constant delight.
Each lie taken
As truth by the one who speaks it,
The Universe large enough to hold all words,
All thoughts all prayers all tender misunderstandings.
Only our minds that entertain endless and hopeless contradictions.
Free will another lie
All hold as an essential truth,
Bound within limited frameworks
Unable to contain their central principals
Despite the central lies of belief, conviction, certainty.
Stars not numerous enough to illuminate our stubborn darkness.
Freedom contains fear,
Holds within its arms hope and loss,
Death in all its terrible forms contains mercy,
Life cannot balance competing claims to every desire,
Freedom demands we free ourselves from the prison of time,
Just as the artist’s canvas must constrain vision if it is to emerge from chaos.