Sunday, January 4, 2009

Define Me


Yesterday you asked me, why do I speak?
I, a slave of my habit responded with an answering question as to why do you listen?

Do you not know that I don’t verbalize any words but you create them in your mind through your hearing? You do not make my words discernible when you hear them; you make your own thoughts audible through your hearing. And if my words are your own doing then I am definitely not what you think me to be. The essence of your caricature of me is you, yourself.
Not me.
Do you know what I thus achieve? I achieve independence; I gain a self which is free from your scrutiny …. free from any boundaries you make to restrict it.
I gain ME. But this does not mean I have dissected you. How can I? I do not have the control or the desire. This same verity frees you as well. You only have to realize your freedom just as I have.
Does this make you wonder what am I then?
Do not think on it. Take me as I am just as I have taken you; without queries. There is no other way for us.

19 comments:

Jeeves said...

Nice one

floreta said...

this could be a dialogue with an ex lover and i :D projection is definitely a problem sometimes.

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

Nicely done. I love the strength and yet there's forgiveness.


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chook said...

Succinct as always. Welcome back

Beloved Dreamer said...

Ben, this is great. I'm not much on flash fiction but this has the feeling of a narrative poem . It really make one stop and think.
Well done my friend.

love-bd

The Clandestine Samurai said...

Hmmmmmmm.

You may gain independence, but is it really free from the person's scrutiny? Isn't that within their power?

My guess is that the scrutiny is discounted because it's created from the other person's own bias. But.....pieces of that bias allow them to see truths in you that you don't see. Just like pieces of that bias make them see things that are completely made up.

That's just me anyway.

zingtrial said...

Understand that most problems are a good sign. Problems indicate that progress is being made, wheels are turning, you are moving toward your goals. Beware when you have no problems. Then you've really got a problem . . . Problems are like landmarks of progress. :) .He!He!He!.Wishing you well

Pete said...

great Blog
have a stunning 2009

EATING POETRY said...

Awesome! I love the concept. It's twisted but makes sense in a weird way. Cheers!

forsythia said...

Delighted to see another painting. Yes, language can be a "snare and a delusion." Words can wound, but they can also heal.

Beatrice V said...

This is a beautiful prose-poem Ben -it has quite a mystical resonance and wonderful depth. Happy new year.

Shadow Lor said...

It is as if I have come across a scene in action and then been swept away...lovely.

I have secrets and I have lies and I have games and I have pride. No one knows who I am, for I play off perceptions. I cannot judge by words alone or I taste the bitterness on the back of my tongue and see them coming down from the ceiling. Somehow they always know.

ryn: red of mind, black of soul, and a soda in the fridge for when the fire in me gets too hot.

Beloved Dreamer said...

This is excellent. You seem to say what I know has been in my heart more then once. Well done my friend.


love-bd

Shadow Lor said...

ryn: thanks. it's my last resort when i need to write, but nothing sounds right lol. i guess i win at failing XD

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Shadow Lor said...

ryn: much thanks.

today's verification word: ressed

Jon said...

wonder too about more than speech, but written symbols... the means you employ to deliver... they're unstable too... they mean only what we have them mean...

there's always some irony with words... like Nietzsche telling me to get away from him...

words are like shades of everything they are not... signs are just opinions or anything used to tell a lie...

so I try to think for myself...

human being said...

you can gain more independence
you can gain more 'you'
when you are present...

frictions add to our individuality...

be the beautiful one you are... don't let judgments frighten away you... from you...



where are you?
you are missed a lot!

think we have waited enough...
4 months is such a long time...
i feel you have a lot to tell us... to teach us... so that we can look at the world in a new way, dearest Ben...

hugs

J P Joshi said...

Wow.. you and me are thus part of the one... universal consciousness..