Watched

It’s not made of matter
More like the feeling of being watched
The feeling of an empty hand on your shoulder with no warmth and no touch
Like the feeling that I’m missing something
And that things could have been different

 


-Ben

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Photography by Jakson Martins

Passing names

In all the passing names I’ve been called
I’ve never been called that
That little something that lingers on the lips
Chips by the tip of your tongue
Touch it, but never quite make it
Like food that you can taste without sustenance
Because you hate the fact that you can’t swallow
What deep down in the pit of your stomach, under the vine leaves,
Might be called the truth

 


Ben

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Stranger

Not normally one for a fight
I’d normally run into a fight with a spork (instead of a penknife)
Thinking I was being smart of something
Working laterally at the problem

Once I was asked to do a cartwheel
So I did a triple standing backflip and broke my neck
And I never wear a suit and tie for that reason

And I hover around normally about two feet in the air
It’s more comfortable up there, or maybe I’m just fixing world problems – who knows

But I still go for a punch up with the local 10 legged tentacle monster down the cafe on Tuesday mornings, which gives me a good training for life tomorrow

 


-Ben

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Reading: The guidance of an older brother

A perspective on the art of reading

Reading is about possibility. Reading is about looking at a set of things that might happen to you so that you know what to expect when it does. A book says, ‘If you take a left and follow the river, there might be a cliff side. Here’s how you might go about getting down it.’

Reading is merely about identifying what to expect, and then bringing that foresight into the world of experience subtly.

A common fear is that if you read, it will take the magic out of the discovery. This is a false fear. Reading brings another perspective to the discovery. There is the feeling of discovery, which is magical. There is the unknown. And there is what you were expecting to experience. These three will never truly match up completely. If seemingly they do, then it is not difficult to add the magic back in. Anyone who has ever had a conversation in ‘gibberish’ with someone knows this.*

Going into the new year, consider reading as a mentorship from an older sibling: ‘This is what I’ve seen. This is what you might expect to see. This is how you might go about dealing with it. Take it or leave it!’


-Ben

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*If you don’t know this, then try it: Have a conversation with someone in gibberish, not thinking about the words, no filtering, just simply saying whatever comes to your head. Let the gibberish speak for you. The conversation topic can be about whatever you want. It will change your perspective on interaction.