The Vision – Friday Fictioneers June 1

We could see what we wanted, almost taste it on our tongues.  The smell of our promise with its head blown off.  We’d never get there, our dreams were lodged in clouds.  We stumbled to a halt to decide.  Going up or going down?  Together or parting our ways?

Contemplating our vision, we agreed it was beautiful.  Perhaps beyond telling.  It was then that it dawned: if we can’t say it to each other, we’ll never make it real.

N Filbert 2012

Friday Fictioneers, June 1, 2012

Making Senses: A short essay (perhaps poetic) of thoughts or aphorisms

my post today at Spoondeep mag :
thought it bore semblance to my workings going on here 🙂


Making Senses: A short essay of thoughts or aphorisms


In a sense, then, the world gifts us a skin, a flesh, in perceiving it.

And perhaps re-cognizing us, individual specimens, into a social situation.

In a sense, then, language expresses us.  As our inner individual experience is able to fit itself into the social commerce of forms, terms, gestures, behaviors and intonations, so that “self” is able to be known, observed, engaged and interpreted or received.  “Responded” to/with.

Each of our “Response – abilities,” our responsibility.

In a sense, then, our sense are middle ground clothed in mutuality – a “zone of contact with the present in all its openendedness” (Mikhail Bakhtin).

In a sense, then, here is where we meet, and that-here (“there” hypothetically) is where we continually be-come (or come-to-be).

In a sense, then, our “name” for existence – “Being” – is appropriately an action…

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Telling Our Stories

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Telling Our Stories

After all, it is language, this story.  This telling of you, of me, of our feelings and years, whatever we’ve done.  We are just speaking, really, creating from language our world and our children, our works and our actions as if we remembered.

I can’t see the harm in it.

I say I remember, here looking at you, that first time in your eyes, whether 18 or 40, when we may have sat facing each other or entwined, as if we’d first met and must absorb everything.  How large they seemed, how blue and soft as rain, how far I could swim there as if building a nest.

I don’t see the danger in using our language to say so.  In making up stories, alone or together, about us; our world and our selves, what we think.

After all, it is language we share.  As you bend at your work, your collar reveals a fresh sentence, your skirt a painting of terms, in your flesh all these stories I study to learn.  Of your breast and your elbow and hair.  The nape of your neck exclaims and your scars everywhere.  What the poet said, also with words, combining verbs and adverbs and nouns: “Your body is a book of thoughts that cannot be read in its entirety.”  Just words, but I keep them and sing them again, I can’t see the harm in the trying.

I love you with terms of my body.  I sign them to you when it’s dark.  It is language, oh yes, and you hear me.  We read with our skin.  Typography refers to impressions.  You impress me, even as I Braille what I need.  How else might we weave what is we without terms and strokes or gestures?

Only language, after all, that we borrow, I get it.

But where is the frailty in trying?

I read and I read and I read what you tell, ever growing a Talmud of comment.  I notate, I argue, I vent.  Then repeat.  I praise and I question and soothe.  You likewise make of my verbiage a stream; a spring from far peaks that dissolves to a delta.  What should we call what we do?  Relat-ivity?  Our capacity to engage and to meet – to relate?  Communication?  Always co-, ever with, filling munitions and messaging, our vocation?

To say, to listen, to hearken, to spell.  Here we tumble and thicken and age.  Her we interpret, reply and enrage.  Here we bind ourselves, it is language we keep using, keep finding, continue to tell…

“………………..Even in sleep

our bodies seek each other, your face the moon

lighting my dreams.  And by day, scenes beyond

untanglement.  Tell me my story, love;

how could I know it, we are such knotted things?

-Philip White, from Aubade