Looking and Seeing

March 25, 2012

Everyone is looking,
but no one is seeing;
out on the street,
we’ve all but stopped being;
the drive now is doing
and while this may lead
to some great achievements,
it is not what we need;
We’ve forgotten the point,
and how to be;
we’ve forgotten the world,
and how to see.

Inspired by this photo (comments unfortunately disabled on original site):

Street Photography by Javier Martín


xii. Silence

July 22, 2011

The noise takes over silence, suddenly.
The awkwardness between us grows too loud;
The ticking clock upon the wall counts down
the time that passes by without a word;
The television, background hum before,
now commentator on the battlefield
that sprawls between us, hostile land bestrewn
with failed apologies and unmasked lies;
The softly growling dog that lies asleep,
a symbol of a simpler life – of peace –
reminder of naivete of youth,
a time when arguments seemed all grown up
and we swore we would grow up differently;
the music rumbling through the party wall –
a constant that we’ve grown used to – becomes
an inapt soundtrack to our dying love;
and even traffic from the street below
begins to taunt and tease by offering
escape – the sound of people travelling
from place to place – if only you would dare
but we both know that if you leave, it’s done.
The silence feeds itself as time ticks on
and I can’t bare the thunderous sound it makes
but neither of us want for it to end.