Writing Out Loud

Worlds Apart

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There are two worlds between which lies a threshold across which I step often now. Dismayed by entities that emerge wraith-like from the concrete and asphalt, I flee to the woods where peace reigns supreme, a peace that is disturbed only by those with thoughts of improving upon the matter. How does one improve upon perfection? Yet they continue to try, and have not yet managed to get much beyond piles of bricks and mortar, tangles of steel, and masses of confused and restless inhabitants.

But in the woods, in the mountains, or near the sea, mere inches from the Concrete Cathedral on all sides, silence takes over, allowing one to hear the truths in all their raw beauty, distracting only with birdsong and wind sigh, wave crash or owl hoot. Among the trees, atop a ridge, or at the edge of a frothing tide, human concepts such as bigotry, greed, hatred, envy, gluttony and lust have no place. Yes, there is death, but there is also constant renewal, with nature replenishing eternally as needed. War is not waged, one species does not maliciously seek to deprive or harm another, and time moves forward, marked only by the changing of the seasons. Spring and summer see rebirth, while fall and winter mark the end of the cycle, with all species adapting without complaint or resistance. All species, that is, but the most highly evolved to date, that holds the dubious honor of being the least content of them all with its lot, and that exhibits its angst in every conceivable way.

All part of the same plan, all sharing space on the same blue, green and brown sphere, yet worlds apart…


Author: raelove1950

I've been writing personally and professionally for over 40 years, and recently started writing books for Amazon Kindle. During the last 25 years, I have also written for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine; the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland, Maine; Current Publishing in Westbrook, Maine; and the Reporter, a weekly newspaper based in Waterboro, Maine. I recently released a book entitled "From the Urban Wilderness: Life in the Southern Maine Woods," which is a collection of essays taken from a weekly column I wrote for the Journal Tribune from 2010 to 2016. It is available from Amazon.com and CreateSpaceStore.com .

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