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Thursday, June 5, 2014


{Courtesy of the genius of Orietta Rossi}

I am Day.

I am Night.

I am the World.

I am the Turquoise Woman.

And a traveler like all of you.

You walk miles. I spin through the vastness of space, listening to the ghost songs of the solar winds.

I awakened already spinning through space, hugged to the sun's warmth by his invisible arms of gravity.

But the sun is a distant lover and following his own path through the stars, drawn by bonds of his own.

He is caught like a glistening bead of dew in the web of the solar system.

Together, he and my sisters journey in a cluster which is itself part of a moving community of stars you call the Milky Way.

Travelers all, we can neither turn to the left nor to the right of our own volition.

We are children of gravity and explosion, cast into the darkness by forces we little understand or know.

I used to envy you your freedom of movement, of choice. But the longer I watched your scurrying over my surface, the more a dark truth spoke to me:

You, too, are children of the gravity of your species and the explosion of the times around you which you little understand or know.

You bristle with denial?

If you cannot understand your own heart, how can you understand another's?

Which choices are yours totally?

As gravity and momentum send me on my path, so does your DNA, location, and experience spread the pattern of the paths before you.

You are no more free than I am or the goldfish wandering the narrow confines of its bowl.

From within its bowl, the world seems so large to the goldfish. Yet, it is trapped within invisible walls.

As are you.

Freedom is an illusion to the goldfish, to me, and to you.

Do we choose or do the choices choose us?


  1. We choose some things consciously or subconsciously, and some things choose us. I prefer to plan my goals, but life doesn't always negotiate.

    The best we can do is try. I want few regrets at the end of my life.

  2. I must agree with D. G.

    I believe we choose some things and life bends us to its choices...

    Nose prose, Roland!

    Hope all is well!

  3. D.G.:
    We make our choices, and sometimes our choices make us.

    You're right: we are often given limited choices or sometimes too many all at once.

    We can only hope to steer our lives the best we can with what light we possess at the moment.

    A Life GPS would be nice though!

    Life is indeed a card game where sometimes the hand we're dealt seem full of jokers. We can only play it with wit and humor.

    I'm facing cancer surgery again, but I do not want to whine.

    I hope you get a request from your queries. :-)

  4. This is beautifully poetic, as well as prolific. I especially like your question about understanding someone else's heart when we don't even understand our own.

    Yes, I believe it's both: We choose and choices choose us.

    Crap. Again, Roland? My prayers will start again. I know you have staunch faith and strength. Know that you have a huge, loving support system.