Thursday, April 7, 2016

Owning the Frame

My reality might be
The opposite of yours.
You may think the words I write
Are merely metaphors.

Some may be, I’ll give you that,
But mostly they’re the truth,
A frame of reference I’ve been in
From early days of youth.

Of course, that frame’s expanded
As experience has grown.
We each exist within a world
We cling to as our own.

But oftentimes I get a jolt
That knocks me for a loop.
What’s obvious to me
Is not to others on the Soup.

Within my frame of reference
I describe the things I’ve seen.
I’m shocked when those beyond that frame
Do not know what I mean.
- Ilene Bauer, "Frame of Reference"

2 comments:

FreeThinke said...

Of course, that frame’s expanded
As experience has grown.
We each exist within a world
We cling to as our own.


CORRECTION:

Of course, that frame’s expanded
As experience has grown.
We CAN'T exist WITHOUT a world
We cling to as our own.

-FJ said...

More insight into the role of "difference" in the interpretation of one's own "thought."