to cleave

to cleave wht s

Must faith be
blind?  Can we not see
the gaps in
all the things
we believe?  How our desires
paint what we know with

what we wish?
Can we still nourish
hope, can we
still see the
magic if we chip off the
layers of shoulds and

musts, if we
ignore the rules and
open all
the doors and
windows?  Can we acknowledge
that we will never

be certain
of what unspoken
forces guide
both our truths
and the other side of them–
where the shadows lie?

to cleave close up s

Amaya at dVerse asks us to consider the smoke and mirrors that surround us as we try figure out what’s really underneath it all.

cleave comp

Both photos were taken under the exact same conditions with different backgrounds–it changes how the camera acts, and as a result, how the light appears in the image.

Context colors everything we see.


25 thoughts on “to cleave

    1. Thanks Jade. I always photo things on both black and white, and they always look different. The shutter speed changes, too–I guess because the light reflects differently. And of course different light conditions and different times of day produce more different results. It’s the kind of thing I could waste a lot of time doing…

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  1. Even the paintings are undecided about what is the truth. Isn’t this a little like learning to know oneself, to be able to pick away the layers of handed-down wisdoms and all those things we have been told so often we assume they are right? It requires self-discipline, because often what we want to believe is what suits us best.

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  2. Very nice photo/art work on the top. I like that almost half circle thin bit of light on the edge and the orange and blue colors.

    I think you are right that our desires paint what we know with what we wish.

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  3. Signs are everywhere, for anyone who wants to see them. Or imagine them. Science has as many shadows as religion, but at least we’re able to shine some light into them, from time to time.

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  4. Oh those pesky layers! Such a beautiful poem and poignant questions. Opening all the doors and windows on this one. Nice meditation on the Pauline triumvirate, to have a faith without the hubris of inflexibility, hope to see the magic beyond the staid structure. And the love from being able to see both truths

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  5. Interesting and engaging direction you’ve taken with your perspective on Amaya’s smoke & mirrors prompt Kerfe well written. Integrity sheds a light on the smooth and the rough, but integrety is rare. Love the art!

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