Friday, October 2, 2009

The Truth Behind Glass Mountains









This isn't torture.

Torture happens in small, dark rooms in countries with names you struggle to spell.

This is just mildly unpleasant.

This isn't heroism.

Heroism happens in churches that are also schools, performed by teachers with no names and no place to stay.

This is just a good deed for the day.

This isn't loss.

Loss happens on fields filled with poppies, in hospitals buzzing with flies, in distant deserts and late at night when there's no good reason for the phone to ring.

This is just longing.

This isn't important.

Important happens on bended knees and is breathed on last breaths with hands clutched tight, hearts tighter.

This is just a distraction.

33 comments:

Ivan Ayliffe said...

Aaah perspective. Thank you.

Sally said...

Thanks for the reminder - i needed that

Anonymous said...

this is good (:

withoutwordswouldyouknow said...
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Anonymous said...

So true.

Anonymous said...

wow, i'm speechless, thank you for your words, they are so true and beautiful <3

Anonymous said...

but what a torturous distraction this is.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! It's just what I need today! Just a distraction...super

Anonymous said...

i love :)

misplacedfriend said...

Ya know...you are making me look like a serial "quoter." ;-)

Magnificent. And Jon...superb photo!

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Ciara said...

<3 this has a very good insight. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder that I have it so much better than so many others out there.

I will put my life to good use.

liying said...

This is very good. THANKS SO MUCH.

Anonymous said...

i love this.

Aella said...

incredibly beautiful.

Chop Logik said...

Perfecto!

20 Something said...

Thank You

New Age Cynic said...

This is really good.

The Confessionist said...

Beautiful...

A form of torture is emotional pain. Emotional pain is worst that physical pain...

farooqk said...

most people who try to sound poetic make no sense. You, on the other hand, tend to say a lot with a few words.

Happy blogging!

keelyn^^ said...

this distraction had caused me many smiles...



and tears.

misplacedfriend said...
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misplacedfriend said...

We make life events into "problems" in our mind. In true reality, without placing judgment on a situation, it simply "is."

Thanks again for this, beautiful.
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HC said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

i want this tattooed on my body

Elliot Shaw said...

This is stunning. Possibly one of my favourites so far.

@fallingup79 said...

Awesome words!

Shallowsleep said...

This isn't a comment.

This is just a plain admiration!

Zakintosh said...

This outdoes all your other pieces imho

Sarah said...

You're amazing.

zero. bec that's what I am. said...
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klara said...

I often remind myself that real life is something else. One day I'll step out into that real world - for now, I'm just in a comfortable glass tower and yes, I am perfectly aware of that.

Anonymous said...

It struck me immediately that torture can happen in our homes and the torturers can be the people we love and trust the most, so there's no safe place to go. Not even inside.
Torture can happen in our beds when we are little with sexual abuse by a parent and can stay with one for a life time and it's hidden from view.