Seek Life

Found on the pedestrian bridge….

Some might say that we’ve been wrought with a fierce hand that’s guided by an unkind heart…or maybe one that doesn’t care, doesn’t know how to, just gives us a life, kicks us from the womb of our beginning, suckles us on a raw tit and then dumps us out the door as soon as our legs can hold us.  We can’t be blind, or we’ll die from sundry things, so we learn to look where things mightn’t be normally, we learn with knocks and scrapings how to get along, to grab what we can and hope it will be good enough for a while.  In time there’s a longing that holds us, that draws us toward things that others pass-by, that others see, per chance, and think nothing of…but it’s those things that give us a yearning for a kindly pursuit, a craving to know what might be…and so our life goes, driven by an unseen thing that could consume us if we’d let it, if we’d loose the things that bind it to within a natural limit of how it might be.  And sometimes there’s naught within us to hold it…and we go about with a frightening urgency, seeking some definition for our unfettered minds, seeking something to give them form, to harness our desires, to make them ride on a certain rail, to progress in a certain direction….and sometimes we don’t find it, don’t find that thing that renders our efforts meaningful…don’t find that thing that consumes us, that drives us into a future that is ours to make and hold…and we keep seeking.

14 responses

  1. There is quite a lot to that simple statement, seek life, isn’t there? Powerful piece.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • Yes, Chillbrook…I think it is full of possibilities when we consider it. Thank you….

      October 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  2. James O.

    “And sometimes there’s naught within us to hold it…”
    Really incredible sentiment, Scott – goes beyond the level of analysis that most people would go to in their seeking I think. You’re on to something..

    October 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • We often miss things if we only go so far, James…thank you….

      October 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  3. Yes

    October 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

    • There is so much in that one word, Chris…I know that you know…. Thank you.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  4. what a peach, just says urban, excellent lines too

    October 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    • Thank you, Scott…was too good to pass-up….

      October 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  5. Powerful writing, Scott; and a great image

    October 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • I appreciate your comment, Andy…thank you.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  6. There is something powerful about that image; those words hemmed in by chain-link fence. Very thoughtful words accompanying this, Scott.
    Terrific, as always.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    • I struck me as poignant that the words would be there on the bridge, Karen…a place that people might visit when seeking other ends. Thank you for your words….

      October 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  7. Lois Farley Shuford

    Perfect and profound, Scott!

    October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • Thank you, Lois…I happy that you think so. 🙂

      October 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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