Opening Windows to the World

By January 2, 2010 faith, language No Comments

In Creative Stretch #6: Ignoring the Forest to See a Tree, the writing task was to “focus the lens of your creative eye to zoom in on a minute portion of this world, then give it light and life through your creative touch.”

My creative lens has been stuck on the idea of life’s windows since reading chapter 12 of Luci Shaw’s Breath for the Bones. The process took me from literal windows of glass to figurative windows of computer and soul.

Here’s what came to light and life.

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Apertures and Obstructions

Glass separates me from winter’s bite on the Midwest. Snow and ice covering ground, trees, homes, fences—the world beyond this windowpane barrier is before my eyes, yet beyond my touch. I sit insulated in my abode, looking out on life beyond my cocoon. Outsiders may see me, as I stand at this window looking out at them. But window coverings are at my service; what is seen is what I allow.

Colorful screen connects me to worlds unknown. Blogs, trinkets, news, facts, gossip—the world beyond this electronic barrier is before my eyes, yet beyond my touch. I sit insulated at my keyboard, looking out on life beyond my cocoon. Outsiders may see me, as I send forth my crafted verse and image. But editing is at my service; what is seen is what I allow.

Green eyes flood me with sight. People, books, movies, nature—the world beyond this flesh-and-blood barrier is always before these eyes, yet beyond full knowing. I sit insulated deep within, looking out beyond my cocoon. Outsiders may see me, as I speak careful words and exhibit preapproved actions. But soul masks are at my service; what is seen is what I allow.

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