Unfamiliar shadows cast upon strangely lit walls

once a smooth canvas is now shredded cloth

Bend to the future or bow to the past?

the question distracts from a more obvious path

Sure, we abide in what’s left behind,

old school canon got us this far

What lies ahead deserves more faith

change is constant, like it or not

Holding on keeps roots in place, but the leash snaps tight

Reaching high the spirit takes flight, but loses sight

Somewhere between, there’s a gentle seam

bonding extremes with a clean, simple line

Look to the present to find new life,

the world is changing, accept the invite

Table With Two Legs on the Wall, Ai Weiwei, 2009
(table from the Qing Dynasty)

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

Words by: c.b.w. 2013

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c.b.w. 2013


6 thoughts on “Contortion

    • Change and acceptance is at the core of Ai Weiwei’s work. 🙂 Each piece allows me to consider those concepts one different levels and with new perspective. The folded table in particular sends my mind in a million directions.


  1. That’s an absolutely stunning verse. Between the baggage of our past regrets and the uncertainty of an evolving future lies the moment of ‘now’. The question really is ‘ How can we negotiate that ‘now’ moment to open possibilities of an inspiring future?



    • Thank you so much. It seems we entrap ourselves in thinking forward and backward, but very rarely in the here and now. I can’t help but wonder why. Is that how we’re wired or is it something we learn?


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