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Seeing the Absent


Ravens taught me to observe not only what is present but also what is absent. ~Ellen Meloy

Our eyes are seduced by objects present, the colorful parrot, the ostentatious Ferrari, the obnoxiously drunken man, the obvious wart on the end of someone’s nose. We see the beautiful light reflected by flower while remaining ignorant of the spectrum absorbed. Our eyes are captivated by mountain peaks at the expense of noticing the beauty in the gaps between the peaks, a place inhabited by crystalline air with large birds floating effortlessly on the thin thermals generated where light kisses rock.

We marvel at the outward beauty of the one gorgeous woman walking down a crowded street in yoga tights without realizing there is a heart pulsating beneath her breast, an intelligence beneath the crown of shiny, raven hair, a soul seeking to be accepted. We see the burqa, the topi but replace the clothing with images of terrorism because we refuse to allow our hearts to know the human beneath the façade. Both seer and seen are damaged in the dehumanizing process.

All because we refuse to try and see the world absent from the eye.

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