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Sometimes, when I'm doing other things, I'm aware of the seething emotions and vibrant colors of an entire kingdom that lives somewhere between the strata of my conscious and subconscious minds.

Sometimes, a story will flash by like the memory of a dream, too fast for me to do more than acknowledge it, and feel it, before it's gone.

It's like a fish jumping in a lake--don't blink--oh, you only heard the splash--the fish disappears and the surface is smooth again.

I've spent hours, days, years of my life digging away at the water, trying to show the kingdom under the surface, but the water always rushes back in, and all I can take away is an old boot whose shadow looked like a fish before I pulled it out.

Sometimes I can carve the boots into credible fish statues, but I know what I barely saw when the fish jumped, and I know what I can't recreate--and that's just with the fish, not the whole kingdom beneath the waves.

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asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Beautiful how you put it.
_earthshine_
Sep. 9th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
What asaklume said. Wow.

I think i maybe have experienced glimmers of what you mean, but i could never begin to see it with the clarity and intensity you describe.
dannimal
Sep. 11th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think "Digging at Water" is the title of the next North album.
_earthshine_
Sep. 13th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
I like that. I'll add it to the candidate title list, right next to "Holy Sh*t We Made Another Album!!". :)
iuliamentis
Sep. 9th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Your writing, as ever, is gorgeous and thought-provoking. You rawk.
shawnalenore
Sep. 10th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
That is lovely and so true for me, too.
behindpyramids
Sep. 10th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
oh yes.
nancyfulda
Sep. 10th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
That is danged poetic. Thank you.
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