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I think we should totally be more open to the things around us in general! Even a dirty cracked old sidewalk can secrete beauty if you look at it the right way, despite everyone saying they ought to replace it just because it isn't new. But in actual fact, that sidewalk is an amazing living poem or sonnet, because it is authentic, unlike the more generic pavement you see nowadays, which maybe has less cracks yet is not as realistic because nowhere near as many people have stepped on it. Or else think of an old shovel that no one looks at, but which is to me a beautiful poem. I actually wrote a poem (which I have to admit I think is one of my best!) about this, which goes "Many is the soil I have have imbibed/many is the seed or bulb I have inscribed." In the poem the shovel is saying it may look old and rusty, yet it still has value thanks to the many seasons of planting it has gone through, and can be used for digging so many more times!
To take the idea still further, even a freshly laid mustard-colored pile of dog shit like the one I am standing in right now can provide a worthwhile aesthetic experience if you are only willing to put aside your preconceived notions and regard the world with a child's unjudging attitude. But maybe that's just me...you see I have always found beauty in places other people wouldn't even think of looking. I guess maybe I'm just "crazy"! (My friends certainly seem to think so!!!)
Date Written: November 11, 2003
Author: Jon Matza
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