Tuesday, July 12, 2011

people watching






















We are universal
like the sun

spilled drink
the barking dog

greeting a friend
flowers for the dead

dirty shoe
an unmade bed

some do not see
the world

but drive
straight through

swallowing hard
without chewing



Tess Kincaid
July 2011



image: People of Chilmark, Thomas Hart Benton, 1920

74 comments:

  1. Sometimes that's the only way to get through the day...just drive right through eyes straight ahead.

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  2. its when we stop, for just a minute, breath and look around us that we truly see the world :)

    great write.

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  3. how true...time to slow down and be in the now--thanks for the reminder

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  4. An excellent piece, love the ending line!

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  5. And that is so sad, that people don't slow down to smell the roses and watch the people. Well done Tess.

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  6. yes, such truth - and such beauty in the image you've paired with these wonderful words, lady!

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  7. Yes, I have heard of the swallowers, but I tend to meet and be related to the chewers :)
    But maybe there is a time for swallowing fast and a time for chewing slowly?? Time for pizza more like!

    Last night there was a programme on BBC about the ten most expensive paintings sold at auction, and for 76 million (squillion) quid, was Ruben's 'Massacre of the Innocents'. Google it and you'll see something of a resemblance to Benton's People of Chilmark... except for the massacre part.. which is hideous indeed.

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  8. tess i can't remember a time when i didn't have my eyes wide open. there are many times when i think back and i wish my eyes had been closed but try as i might they had to see everything. so recognizing that as a condition of my existence here, i am trying to learn how to re-present what i see in a way that connects to others. but you already know about that because you yourself do it so well!!! steven

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  9. I like the last line... :)

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  10. Hello dear Tess long time my friend...lovely poem and i like the fact that we have to take it slow and enjoy the life now. Beautiful image too and see you around soon.

    Wild Rose~

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  11. yes, we are all universal. great read

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  12. Beautiful, Tess... and the ending is powerful and so very true!

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  13. Elegant Simplicity...Cheers!

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  14. Wonderful reminders... chewing enough to taste what is offered, sometimes time rushes by, none the less, flavors still abound.

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  15. good philosophy - stop and look!

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  16. definitely take the time to savor everything!

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  17. Fantastic! A life lesson and point perfectly stated!

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  18. that's human nature, however hard we try, sometimes we chew, sometimes we swallow without chewing.

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  19. Interesting fact about Chilmark,the town was once known for its unusually high percentage of deaf citizens. In 1854, Chilmark had a deaf population of one in every 25 people! This made it necessary to literally stop and look in order to "listen".

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  20. A wonderful poem about being human..onward and upward!!

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  21. nicely summed up, Tess! Love that accompanying image, too!

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  22. Nice. A good reminder too often forgotten.

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  23. First - LOVE the Benton image.

    Second - this reminds me of two weeks ago while my husband and I were walking along the beach watching the dolphins just offshore and people were walking by doing their morning exercise walks not even looking in the water.

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  24. I'm remembering my mother telling me to always chew my food thoroughly, that it would help with digestion! Chewing/pondering before swallowing/acting is good. In every aspect of life.

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  25. Perfect pairing of image and words. The words "but drive straight through" makes me think of so many times feeling numb and yes, just driving through it all...well said.

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  26. Nobody does it better Tess, and I mean nobody.

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  27. We are all linked by our universal need for love. And you are right, we all need to slow down to see this in others. We can sometimes be so quick to see the differences. Very nice : )

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  28. Tess -- Terrific -- so true -- barbara

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  29. “some do not see the world but drive straight through swallowing hard without chewing”- need i say more? this line volumes it all... very quotable Tess, very true! I like the painting, though it made me think deep. I think this would suit a great cover for humanities. Thanks for the poem.(:

    Brightest blessings.

    ~Kelvin

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  30. This one resonates, pulsates,
    awakens, enrages, soothes,
    cajoles, teases, and then gets
    right to the point, jabbing a
    bony finger in the plexus.
    I love it; like the line:
    /some do not see the world/
    and feel odd, and short of
    breath as I ponder and consider
    what mood descended on you
    as this piece unfolded.

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  31. So thought-provoking, Tess. Beautifully done.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  32. Love it !
    - swallowing hard without chewing -so true - I'll remember that one!

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  33. tender and fascinating poem, Tess. xxxj

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  34. I like the last three couplets particularly Tess.

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  35. It took a while but I finally realized that the people in the painting cannot see each other. I like your interpretation Tess. How true.

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  36. This is a stunning poem, Tess...loved it! My own contribution echoes a little of the same sentiment...

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  37. NOM NOMNOM NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM...

    (keep chewing!)

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  38. Yup! One of my favorite moments throughout a day are when I 'stop all engines' and just be still. And I know there is a God, and I ain't IT.

    And He is in charge of all the ongoing miracles of the Universe, seen and unseen.

    PEACE!

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  39. Carpe diem!
    Thanks for the poignant reminder.

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  40. Right on the button, Tess. William Henry Davies would have loved this.

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  41. Swallowing whole not chewing. That is why most people go through life with a terrible indigestion toward life. Great piece.
    QMM

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  42. some just fail to see..........its sometimes better to drive srt with seeing...i loved it..nice :)

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  43. isn't this the truth. and then some of us chew too long.

    beautiful.

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  44. Oh I'm such a lead foot - in & out of the car. I think that's one of the things that blogging does for me - makes me slow down & NOTICE.

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  45. There are so many ways we can interpret this...we see, we don't see, we refuse to see.

    Thought-provoking indeed, Tess.

    Wonderful imagery!

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  46. It is the hard swallow that we learn the most from.

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  47. Enjoyed… Wished I’d slowed down sooner than I did.

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  48. This is a great poem. The ending lands it perfectly!

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  49. nice to see you at one shot! happy tuesday tess...swallowing without chewing...never want that to be me...

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  50. I am sure this will be in your Patina Vulume II....
    Thomas Hart Benton...I LOVE his figures!

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  51. ...or maybe that will be Patina VOLUME II!

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  52. I like the slender, sinewy (eg: lean, muscular) aspects of this, Tess. Well done!

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  53. Willow,
    There's not much in human nature that is new under the sun, but to pass through life without taking note is a shame.
    rel

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  54. Those straight-drivers are like folks who spend all their time on vacation taking pictures, missing everything, spend half their day on their iPad, or those ones who on their deathbed confess, "you know, I sure wish I would have spent more time at work." The miss the universe staring at their own place in the heavens. - Brendan

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  55. Im not big on poetry. But this hits home. I "get" this. It is like we hurry about & dont really see around us.

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  56. Yes, I think you nailed it, without "swallowing."

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  57. Dear Tess: Wonderful way to see anew with slowed down vision get off the track and observe all the fine nuances in life. In the mad rush the madding crowd keeps pace with the rat race!

    some do not see
    the world

    Thought-felt heart of a poem! Thank-you! Love having my senses opened!

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  58. sometimes i want to swallow without chewing, because the meal is bitter... but if i take the time to chew, i realize it is really bittersweet...

    nice write, tess.

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  59. You packed so much wisdom into this in few words. Nice choice of art as well.

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  60. Oh, yes! Lovely flow of wisdom.

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  61. Oh yes indeed! We tend to overlook the usual, ignore the mundane.. but they do exist, and we can even change it all, only if we make an attempt..

    A superb poem to match this amazing picture, Tess!

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  62. I love your style, your writing is incredible, I wish I could write so well!

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  63. I enjoyed reading this one ... as I relate to it very much... we, in my opinion, always live either in past or in future, but never in now... you have brought this thought very closely into this verse...

    Thanks for sharing...

    Shashi
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/07/whispers-cuckoos-song-and-smell-of-love.html

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  64. You need to chew on life, to get all the goodness out of it.

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  65. Thank you so much for all your kind and generous comments, dear readers. You are the best. xo

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  66. This was pointed and sharp, the correct tool for prodding - something we all need frequently... liked it Tess

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  67. Hey Tess, congrats on your poetry chapbook. I can see why you need to be published. It's a blessings to everyone who gets those hands on this magnificent book. I'm buying a copy. Congrats on your blog award. I'm proud to know you. Joyce Evans-Campbell

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)