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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6 thoughts on “Contortion”
Great meditation on change and acceptance!
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.
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?