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Dirty Window

An Analogy for Consciousness

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished 11 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Burak Başgöze: https://www.pexels.com/photo/photographer-behind-dirty-window-with-graffiti-15673801/

We look past the dirty window.

We reconstruct the world where the smudges and smears distort our view; reinvent it in our imagination while retaining its most fundamental relations. We know this.

If we wanted to experience the world in full instead of seeing it through the dirty window, we would go outside.

We’ve been there, but for now we want to be here, appreciating the way the light penetrates the grime and filth that collects with time; the way the theater of our mind in turn reimagines the light, reframes the scene, fixing it into an ideal form of itself.

Sorrow beckons joy, for only in these quiet, lonely moments can they love each other, where no outside intruder can worm its way into their shared, broken heart, and tear joy away so sorrow turns to bay; to bleed; finally, to weep.

No one can judge us here, on the inside. On the inside, we burn like fire, but on the outside there are mostly shadows.

Perception is an object that obscures light. It gets in the way.

Now watch the shadows dance.

The jaundiced film that stretches across our vision is just there to filter out harmful rays. Staring directly at the sun blinds us. If we are exposed too long, we are eaten alive.

Why must we hide from the light?

What have we become?

We are the puppeteer,

Mistaking the shadow-play

Of groping hands

For a story

We want to hear.

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C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

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  • Donna Renee9 months ago

    Ohhh I love this, it is definitely speaking some tough truths! “The jaundiced film that stretches across our vision is just there to filter out harmful rays.” The mind is so good at protecting us from the truth sometimes.

  • Samrah nadeem10 months ago

    Great 👍

  • Paul Stewart10 months ago

    Well...this is stunning. I love that final line, but love your musings and thoughts and the emotions you touched on...no, you didn't just touch on them - you pulled on them! Loved it! I am now subscribed!

  • Mistaking the shadow play of groping hands for a story we want to hear. This line was just brilliant! I loved your poem!

  • Babs Iverson11 months ago

    Fantastic & emotional!!! Loving it!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Veronica Coldiron11 months ago

    Being a creative, I'm the one of the most guilty of this. My ex-husband used to say I was all rainbows, unicorns and lollipops until someone handed me a pen, so I'm the weirdo, I guess. LOL! I loved this depth, and the circling steps of reason in this! It's spot on. 👌

  • Jay Kantor11 months ago

    C-Bud ~ So terrific 2/C a CR Original among all of the Sniper's; a pleasure! btw - 'Windex' is on sale @ the $99 Store for $1.99 - just sayin' J-Bud

  • Charles... This is great. A lot of imagery and symbolism. This poem touches on so many emotions - fear, darkness,ight, etc. Excellent work!!!

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