Tuesday, August 5, 2008

invisible/other people


Do you see them?

Them – over there.

No, down there.

Poor people. Black people. White people. Brown people. Yellow people. Crippled people. Homeless people. Starving people. Fat people. Ugly people. Crazy people. Old people. The alcoholics. The convicts. The drug addicts. The prostitutes. The slaves. The refugees. The lonely. The dejected. The abused. The sullen. The empty. Unemployed. Underemployed. Uninsured. Disenfranchised. Illegal. Inarticulate. Illiterate.

Not like me. Not like you. Not like us.

Fading, Fading, Fading, Disappeared.

Did you see them?
Me neither.


rebecca said...

one word: brilliant.

Lori Skoog said...

Fe...How do you come up with these essays? You are so right on.

CoyoteFe said...

Rebecca and Lori - You are kind, and your words of encouragement are appreciate (in the best definition of soul food)!

Lori - I spit on the page, and then spend time trying to fashion something coherent. My idea of coherence is not always the same as others!

Spartacus Jones said...

Very sharp, Coyote.
How we agree on what we'll see or not see, how we agree on a certain description of the world that we agree to call "reality."
And what's left out is as revelatory about the observer as what is included.

Insightful and articulate.
I like your stuff.


CoyoteFe said...

Spartacus Jones -

Thank you - You have a way of making your popint in twenty words, while I need 200. 500. 800.