June 1, 2010

Experience

You're in the middle
and memory swells
like a face in a curved mirror, closer and blown up

Conflict.
to catch, involve, and climax life.

You are, (have) enough
that the situation can pull upon
lifting you up, so you stand full in the the face of danger or delight

Greatness.
but still there is existence hidden.

You lie deep
and the future must scrape up history
for you can only remember what's written on your face.

8 comments:

Michael said...

Huh . . . this is something that I've thought about a lot.

"memory swells
like a face in a curved mirror, closer and blown up"

Memory distorts, exaggerates . . . misremembers. Remembering seems just like a longer, more deceiving kind of forgetting.

Art said...

Michael, your comment makes me think that I am way to vague in my poems.

But it's also kind of cool for you to take something from it that I wasn't trying to say. (and isn't that what poetry is supposed to do?)

But in case you're curious about what I was *trying* to say, I'll explain: It's not that memory distorts... memories, but that to be "in the middle" of an experience, especially a conflict, swells your memories, brings them to view, makes the times where you've encountered the same thing before much more urgent and real.

I think living ("the future") is sometimes the best way of remembering, because you're thrown experiences that stretch you, dig up all that you are. (general unspecific you)

Michael said...
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Michael said...

Ah, I understand.

*sigh* I hate misunderstanding.

Pensword said...

I like Michael's point about distortion.

I like the last stanza...but I'm not sure I understand it.

I get the "future must scrape up history" idea, and I love it.

But I'm not sure about the "you can only remember what's written on your face" line.

Art said...

:)

About "you can only remember what's written on your face": I'm not completely sure whether or not it's true, but I kind of think that we can only accurately recall things that have changed us when we're interacting with them, when our feelings and hurts are brought to the surface.

Bethany Sherman said...

:like: =)
<3

Michael said...

"I kind of think that we can only accurately recall things that have changed us when we're interacting with them, when our feelings and hurts are brought to the surface."

. . . I'm not sure that's entirely true. I think that we can remember innocuous things too. However, when an experience impacts us, engages us, makes us think or feel . . . then it means something and we make a mental point to remember it.