Friday, July 2, 2010

reality...

by human being

illustrations by rhoda penmarq







i'm washing the dishes... this is a reality... the window and its drawn lace curtain in front of me is another reality...










through the curtain i see two doves perch on the windowsill... i watch this reality... i decide to draw the curtain aside very gently to watch them more closely... but the doves fly off...








the window is again in front of me... without the curtain... without the doves... this is another reality... now i notice the tree in the backyard... dancing slumberingly in the breeze... the glass is between me and the tree... this is another reality...







i open the window... the glass is gone... but the tree is still there... and breeze rushes in... this is another reality..











i'm not washing the dishes anymore but water is running from the tap... this is another reality...















i shut the tap... the water is gone... the sound is gone... this is another reality...











i leave the kitchen... leaving the window open... and the curtain undrawn... i'm gone... the tree is peeking through the window into the kitchen...










this is another reality...













june 2009



4 comments:

Megan Duffy said...

Beautiful, both of you. This makes me think of the women who once lived in my old house, washing dishes through the decades. That oak tree is still peeking through the window...

Old 333 said...

I like the trees. The feeling of this piece reminds me of something...

Thanks, for the trees and the piece - it was a pleasure.

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Zaina Anwar said...

I can relate to this piece. In fact, it reminds of a question repeatedly raised by Simone de Beauvoir in her writings (and by many other existentialists as well) which can be formulated in the following way:
'Does the world exist only because I can experience it through my senses?. Is reality purely experiential?'..
Or the interesting perspective on reality as offered by the Sufis namely that nature (the world) becomes conscious of itself through us..

human being said...

Megan...
beautiful you!
ah... feels so good when one reads about shared/resonating experiences...



Old 333...
thank you for reading!
just the thought that this reminded you of something is so exciting... i love it when souls overlap...


Zaina...
wow... thanks for this brilliant and thoughtful comment... it really helped me to understand my own work much better...
yes that was the core feeling i had...



and thanks to you dear rhoda... for your always creative illustrations - a beautiful response to the written words... i love them!


love and peace to you all