Off-Center World

July 26th, 2009

Why is it so hard to see the world in a different way? I know I’m supposed to look at everyday scenes with fresh eyes, but I constantly catch myself giving my surroundings a blank stare. I take my power walks through beautiful neighborhoods, under greybeard oak trees swagged with Spanish moss, down to the marsh and the Intracoastal Waterway in the distance. I often pass a house where there’s a crazy-colored parrot walking and squawking, an old cemetery divided into white and black folks, a shop window full of covetable objects, and still I find myself marching along to the beat of “Beat It” and checking my heart rate instead of my heart’s desire. Snapping this photo while crossing the bridge to work gave me an accidental off-center take on a view I “see” twice a day, five days a week. If only I could set my eye’s lens to do that at will.

3 Responses to “Off-Center World”

  1. Allegra Smith says:

    Nothing is off center, not even us. We capture the object of our desire when we are ready for it and not a nanosecond before. That is why we find ourselves in the middle of so many wrong turns, thinking we are there rather than "feeling-knowing" we are. Would you please be a little gentler with yourself? I admire your view of the world, you are centered and truthful. For the penny my opinion may be worth, your eyes see what is real, and in this confusing and often truth disguising world, that is something to be treasured. I do.

  2. V-Grrrl at Compost Studios says:

    When I walk, I unravel whatever is knotted in my head, and when I'm not doing that, I'm imagining the lives of the people in the houses in the neighborhood, those on the trail. What are they trying to figure out? What lies beyond their front doors? One morning walking through my neighborhood, every time I saw someone out in their yard, they were arguing with someone else. Parents squawking at children, spouses barking at each other, couples bickering. It made me wonder if their was a cosmic crabby vibe enveloping my street.

  3. V-Grrrl says:

    "there" instead of "their." My internal editor won't let that stand uncorrected. : P