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The Eclectic Pen - a walk past the psych ward

By: Lindsey B. (Lindsey)  
Date Submitted: 5/20/2007
Genre: Uncategorized
Words: 141

  objects are stubborn things.

they go on being what they are all day,
without preference or sway,
nomatter what you feel.

an automobile left out in the rain
will simply become colder, warmer, drier.
cars have no personality, despite their ads.
even the most expensive and capable one, left driverless,
will rest indifferently until it rusts from the outside in
and its tires sink and deflate.
people have a strange way of seeing that and emoting.
oh, what a sad sight.
really, it is just an automobile, gone kaput.
you could stare at it all day,
love it, kick it.
but to it, you may as well not exist.

this is the difference between objects and beings.

an object is bafflingly elemental,
resistant or compliant strictly by the basis of physics.
but a being;
kick it, and it may kick back.
coax it, and it may be swayed.
stir it, and it may raise its voice.
depend upon it, and it may run away.

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Jim H. (Pecos45) - 5/20/2007 6:32 AM ET
Good points and thoughtful, Lindsey. If I may say so, I'd love to see you go back and rework this a bit and expand the comparisons between objects and beings. I think you're on the trail of something really deep here. Keep it up.
Marta J. (booksnob) - 5/20/2007 11:27 AM ET
Good work!!
IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 5/20/2007 5:17 PM ET
very good
Lena S. (SquirrelNutkin) - 5/25/2007 7:51 PM ET
WOW......I liked this!
Claudia (BrokenWing) - 5/31/2007 11:43 PM ET
Very very thoughtful and very very good. I'm impressed.
Gina S. (GigiBeanz) - 6/1/2007 10:31 AM ET
Love the analysis. Nicely written it truly makes you think and compare beings as well as objects in everyday life.
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