Perception

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The air was thick with anticipation,
as they huddled close together, grateful
for borrowed breath from world.

The clouds swirl about like gauzy curtains,
as a series of wild thoughts swam into
their heads, as though awaiting unseen
winds and spirits.

In life we are drawn to everything
strange and surreal and at times care not
if theory seems far-fetched.

We can see the ugly words that hurt,
or the pain that lies underneath, often we
fall into this trap and confuse looking
with seeing.

And though black remains black, and
white would always be white, our eyes
only see what our mind chooses
to fathom.

 

 

Photo credits: Circus, Budapest, 19 May 1920

Posted on ‘Camera Flash’ @ Real Toads

and on ‘Poetry Pantry’ @ Poets United

66 thoughts on “Perception

  1. Anna :o] says:

    Yes, we often do look but don’t see, and how sad the world for it.
    How easy it is to see the world in black and white, when it is the grey areas that really matter. But ignorance is bliss – or is it?
    Anna :o]

  2. Kerry says:

    In life we are drawn to everything
    strange and surreal and at times care not
    if theory seems far-fetched.

    This is such an accurate observation, Sanaa.

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    “…our eyes only see what our mind chooses to fathom”. This is so true…. and so evident when you have an argument ( the epitome of not being on the same page). That’s why it’s good to wake up and smell the coffee.. 🙂 🙂

  4. Ellecee says:

    “our eyes only see what our mind chooses to fathom. ” So true, Sanaa, we must work at having the courage to see unwanted images or understand different concepts. 🙂

  5. Old Egg says:

    How often we are swayed by ther opinion or dictates of others. You have certainly got that right Sanaa, I think we should always put ourselves in others shoes to see things from their viewpoint. The picture is so warming and a reminder of that.

  6. Manicddaily says:

    A wonderful close Sanaa – we certainly do see what we want or what we expect, or at least we are more likely to. Your poem stresses the importance of imagination as well as openness. Thanks. k.

  7. Mary says:

    Yes, our eyes may be selective in what they take in! You have created a vivid picture here really; and it seems sometime that black and white are relative.

  8. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    Your poem reminds me of supporters of he current U.S. president, who is clearly not capable of doing the job, but his supporters think he’s doing a fine job in every respect. What??? As your poem says:
    our eyes
    only see what our mind chooses
    to fathom.

  9. belle says:

    “grateful for borrowed breath” … Beautiful.

    “In life we are drawn to everything
    strange and surreal” … What an outstanding line break.

    “And though black remains black … our eyes
    only see what our mind chooses
    to fathom.” … Excellent closing stanza.

  10. Myrna says:

    This poem is such a wise observation of how we perceive. Some say, “What we perceive is our reality.” Your poem says it in such a nicer, more profound way.

  11. Susan says:

    You describe the couple as being open to seeing, anticipating, but not predetermining. I hope they are not caught in the trap/truth your poem ends with!

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