The Clamor


The center of all, we cannot be.

Rather, one small piece in the grand scheme.

There is no room for selfish greed,

yet entitled air chokes our breath.

Watch where you walk,

consider those beneath.

They cry for a choice,

a chance to be free

Voices rise, the din roars.

What is said? No one can hear.

Endless struggle leads to false belief.

Instead of joining together,

we scatter, afraid to speak. 

Ai Weiwei, “He Xie” (2010), 3,200 porcelain crabs

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Photo captured at an exhibit entitled, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” (2013)

Words by c.b.w. (2013)

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c.b.w. 2013


12 thoughts on “The Clamor

    • This piece was very moving in person. He intended as a metaphor for tradition and harmony (as per Chinese cultural elements), but for me all I could think about was how it applied to the atmosphere of today’s world.


  1. I can almost hear the clatter of their claws on the wood floors as the scurry to escape the crowd! Fascinating and your words so clearly convey the feeling that this display invokes.

    I was at a book launch last night and the bookstore had a whole table displaying the works of Weiwei. He must have written a half dozen books, or at least there were at least that many that were discussing his philosophy and art. I seem to be seeing his name everywhere, now, thanks to you. 🙂


    • That sounds is exactly what I “heard” when I saw this piece! I couldn’t get it out of my head.

      How cool is that! I’ll bet most of those books were interview compilations or catalogs of his work. Most are worth reading! 🙂


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