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My mission is to venture, unnoticed, 
Deep within the recess of your eyes, 
To inspect the optical machines
Housing the machinations
Of your visual world.

I must employ a spy's stealth,
Distract the guarding globes,
And glide with surgical precision
Along the viscous suspension,
To find the doors of perception.

Once inside, I will clinically remove
The lacuna that keeps me from view
And install surveillance that
Indelibly imprints my face and
Triggers your heart's alarm.


Nostalgia ►


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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 15:09

Thank you Cynthia for your warm and wonderful comments. I wasn't aware of Kingsolver's novel of the same name but I'm very intrigued to read it now! And I agree wholeheartedly with your comment about families! Paul

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 7th Jan 2017 14:10

Splendidly conceived, and beautifully written. Much enjoyed.

There is a famous novel by Kingsolver too, isn't there, called 'Lacuna'?

I used this word in a line like 'lacunas of slippery sleep' and my kids said, 'Don't use such difficult words, Mum.' And I replied, 'Look it up. It fits exactly what I want to say.' And they did, and they said,'OK, accepted.' Families are tough critics, and worth their weight in gold.

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Paul Waring

Mon 2nd Jan 2017 09:50

Thanks Jeff, such an encouraging comment, I'm so pleased you liked this. Strange word 'lacuna', I first read it in Daniel Goleman's book 'Emotional Intelligence' where he used it to describe people not being able to see things as they really are - a sort of blindspot. It just seemed appropriate for this piece. Thanks again. Paul.

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Mon 2nd Jan 2017 05:49

Fabulous Paul...& I learnt a new word too...thanks for sharing...Jeff...

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