All of us have eyes. Every morning they open and stare at the scene before them. Their gaze is like a drill burrowing deep down into the very marrow of life. There it anchors itself and sucks out as much of an interpretation as possible. Our eyes are like windows through which we see the world; like lenses by which we explore the universe. Without eyes there is nothing but darkness. Without sight we are left in an endless void, wandering, but never discovering. Our eyes are a gateway through which we enter the depth of our existence.

The eyes never create, however, they only capture. Each and every visible phenomenon is recorded by them, yet they can never alter the picture. If the world were left to their control it would remain motionless. Ripples would never scatter across the lake and leaves would never shake within the hold of branchy fingertips.  The world would be a picture stuck within a frozen existence – trapped behind a glass frame – safe from all disturbances.

Without our eyes the world is darkened, and without disturbance our view is limited to a snapshot.

If you had to choose would you choose disturbance without sight or sight without disturbance?


About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

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