life / something like it

they say we all have just one; another soul that sits sticky with our own. time, pain, circumstance all forces too weak to dislodge the two. goosebumps at a smell. a panic at the presence. a truth that sits guttural, as if something grander can be the only possible answer. something else’s plan.

the idea of it sits in opposition to our preferred way of doing things; having always been able to easily shake the past off our shoulders, brushing the crumbs of days gone by. two or three of time’s arbitrary rotations all we need to simply no longer remember what any of it felt like. proud of our inherent antidote past’s often poisonous reaches.
but what about a past without a past tense? masked insistence to the world, to the mirror proven wrong by thick knowing. not an end to the story, just a twist. a character arc.
our yesterdays are there as stepping stones in evolution; the past not something bras and ranties is defined by but shaped, pressing against our back as it nudges us forward. but when it settles into the curves just perfectly – when it holds a person safe and at home – it very well may deserve to be part of your present. time will tell.

8 thoughts on “life / something like it”

  1. Anonymous says:

    TIME = Time Instantly Measures Evolution

    – How we spend our days –
    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order — willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living….
    -Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, 32-33

  2. Anonymous says:

    "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you and then they leave." – EPL

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is this post for real? Do you actually mean what you write? Seriously? OR did you get this out of your grade 6 poetry journal?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Maya ask which post you are referring (comment #3)?
    – The blog?
    – Comment #1 – quoting Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize winner?
    or,
    – Comment #2 – quoting from the New York Times Best Seller (#1 for 110 weeks) 'Eat, Pray, Love'?
    Pray tell, Ms. Angelou-chebag.

  5. Anonymous says:

    wah wah wahhhh ..

  6. Anonymous says:

    I'm hoping the annonymous 'wah wah wahh' comment is from the same person who referenced the grade 6 poetry journal. Rubber and glue poem ring a bell you coward e-bully? Get a life, then throw it in front of a bus.

  7. Anonymous says:

    ps. not the same person.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Equally applicable.
    Start your own blogette…..'brawls and crampies'.
    Waste of time. Signing off as comment 1, 4, 6.
    Philly the Clown out.

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