Spots on the Glassware – Perfection on Trial

Perfection of the illusion of perfection

Shattered not by a shattering

But merely by a constellation of spots

On an otherwise sea of clear perfectness

An expanse without compare or direction

Clearings of clear and clearness

Nothingness leading to somethingness

An invisible compass forever spinning

Encompassing all of the cardinals

And points in between

Or something without direction

No lines, nor colors, nor indications

Just the imperfection of unwanted intrusions

Mirrored across the legions of stemware

Bubbles amidst bubbles of perceived completeness

Each with their own starchart

A universal universe of imperfect bubbles

Perfectly parallel performances

Mirrored reflections matching moments

As if similarly of imperfection

Denotes a new revelation of perfection

Able to convince the unconvinced

Of that which only exists in perception

Without breaching the precise of questioning

For what is perfection if not a perception?

Believing in the unbelievable

Creates a paradigm of what is and what isn’t

And the wrench of what it should be

The origins of the spots are another contemplation

For they only appear on glassware

After a cleaning or two or three

Never being noticed while still brand new

Which draws the conclusionary questioning

The source of the imperfections

Were they always there but perfectly hidden

Or a scar in the quest to remain perfect?

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “Spots on the Glassware – Perfection on Trial

  • November 4, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Were they there and we just refused to see them because we wanted perfection? I had to read this twice, slower the 2nd time. Perspective – I love it when you question selected perspectives. Great work, Ralph – makes me think.

  • November 4, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    I agree, perfection is simply a perception, our own particular take of what we see. Nothing is flawless, and everything is flawless; that ours to decide in understanding. I enjoyed that Ralph, most thought provoking. Cheers!

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