Periphery

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Everyone wants to be at the center of attention, but I always look towards the edge, the periphery. People are more real out there, without an audience to perform for.

That’s where the really fascinating stuff is taking place.

At the Edge

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
 . . . . . ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
 . . . . . ~ Hunter S. Thompson

You Are Standing at the Edge of the Woods

You are standing at the edge of the woods
at twilight
when something begins
to sing, like a waterfall

pouring down
through the leaves. It is
the thrush.
And you are just

sinking down into your thoughts,
taking in
the sweetness of it—those chords,
those pursed twirls—when you hear

out of the same twilight
the wildest red outcry. It pitches itself
forward, it flails and scabs
all the surrounding space with such authority

you can’t tell
whether it is crying out on the
scarp of victory, with its hooked foot
dabbed into some creature that now
with snapped spine
lies on the earth—or whether
it is such a struck body itself, saying
goodbye.

The thrush
is silent then, or perhaps
has flown away.
The dark grows darker.

The moon,
in its shining white blouse,
rises.
And whatever that wild cry was

it will always remain a mystery
you have to go home now and live with,
sometimes with the ease of music, and sometimes in silence,
for the rest of your life.

. . . . .~ Mary Oliver

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Periphery

  1. Fascinating stuff indeed. What a wonderful poem – I wasn’t familiar with it.

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