Life Is But Perception…

Life is but perception…

Those around us see

But through eyes painted

With colors from different palettes

Brushstrokes of unseen direction

Oil, water, and acrylic mediums

All the influences

And avoidances

Like the stiff brown paper

Of tightly wrapped packages

Hiding everything

Except shape and form

Thick tape and twine;

The layers of conventional thinking

Safe thoughts

Perception an expectation

Conformity and correctly applied

Until every fold is secure

Each crease reinforced

And escape becomes impossible

Such is the puzzle

A cube with many sides

The level and fulcrum

Shifting paradigms

Choosing existence rather than living

Safely watching from a distant space

Surrounded by covered canvases

Scissors evident

Yet never exercising

A single unveiling

What lies hidden beneath stays hidden

The pleasant fiction

A mortality of expectations

Preordained and never challenged

While that which lives in absolutes;

The truth of clarity

Unclouded vision

Unbiased thought

Noble pursuits trapped in twine

Brown paper

The indoctrination

Enslaves perception

To a life of darkness



More Thoughts on Perception From This Author

Human is My Name – Being is my Existence

What Lies Hidden Beneath

Sinking or Surfacing – It’s All About Perspective


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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 “Life Is But Perception…

  • November 16, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Nicely penned. We have all have our own pursuits and wants in life and we never know what tomorrow will bring or if there will be a tomorrow.

  • November 16, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Very thought provoking piece, Ralph. Life is full of choices and perceptions – you have a good grasp of it. Well penned and an enjoyable read.


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