Choice: Whichever way you look at it. / 7 December 2014
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 leftOverkill is expectedwhen two entitiesthat are separate yetwell-connectedare made to choosebetween oppositesthat are otherwiseequal in all respectsestrangementfrom silenceis upsettingI miss herin springwhen the morningwind nibbles my earlobesand puffs at my lashesmy tastebudsand fingernails gaspat the cloudsabove and beyondlife's fleeting horizonthe mind is one world ina two-handed hold onwords that demand adeep understanding toknow it's true meaningmeanwhilethe eye delightsand sighsat the night time sightsthe heart suppliesthat signon the rightlooks invitingit mightbe salvationbeckoningfrom behind the glow inthat bright green greeting