Stories

October 23, 2018 - Robin Small Held Tight

 

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Held tight by a constant hesitation, for a time, Robin’s world remained unchanged – as did he.

Footnote:   Robin seems to be a quietly brave lad, who may have undisclosed or hidden doubts and fears.   Maybe he’s standing still and taking his own time to work things out?  Maybe he’s not ready to go anywhere right now?   Do anything?

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October 20, 2018 - Dancer and The Following Dark

 

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The Dancer and The Following Dark .

There is a ship on the horizon, carrying a container that confines a lonely soul, who can’t see where the ship is taking him, only feels where it has been.

There is a dancer, dancing in her own light.  Her space glows with a warmth he doesn’t allow himself to feel.  She invites him to come closer, to join her, but he feels undeserving of the light she offers – preferring the shelter of the following dark.  For he believes his steely space keeps others safe, spares them the pain of who he is yet to become.  But his reluctance to join her deals a much sharper blow.

Her efforts to spin him into her embrace, her offering to feel the soothing space where her fingertips touch the soft painted sky that holds her balanced in the shadows, falls into the dark space between them.

She wonders if he misunderstands her offering.  For she doesn’t long for him to dance her dance.  Her only want is that he allows her dance to hold him in a moment she believes he deserves.  And that he’ll step from the following dark, carrying nothing more than a desire for moments – and the freedom to dance in his own light.

 

 (Reposted from 2014.  Art journal page by Harley Manifold .  Find in  ‘Clunk & Jam’ book.)

 

October 20, 2018 - Robin Small Stands Alone

 

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Robin Small was unbearably awkward in pubic and so began the battle of – what to do with hands .

Footnote:  Not everyone sits comfortably in the world or in social situations.   Which isn’t a weakness.  Simply a difference.  It’s brave to explore where you feel you ‘fit’ in in the world.  To not deviate under the pressure to conform.

 

Robin Small in book, Clunk & Jam (2019).

September 28, 2018 - Bags The Back Seat

 

army of ink bags the back seat 

Footnote:   Not everyone is confident socially.  And if you’re someone who is comfortable in their own company, often others aren’t comfortable with that.  And a lot of kids get bullied because they don’t fit in too.   The ultimate place to get to perhaps if you’re a ‘Bags the back seat’ person is being quietly confident, solidly grounded in your own place – despite the reactions and views of those around us.

Society generally looks down on the ‘loner’ too.  Those who are different, those who live in their own quiet company.  And for those who like all the attention, there’s something unsettling, almost threatening, about the quiet observer—one who looks on.  Doesn’t join in.   This ‘Ink’ also raises questions about position and status.  What comes to mind are things like, ‘working your way to the top’, ‘climbing the ladder’,  ‘securing the lead role’, being ‘top of the class’, ‘first over the line’, ‘making it to the top’ and ‘rising star’.  And you’ll have more of your own to add.  But the back seat has it’s advantages, particularly the seat on the isle – at least have the freedom to get up and leave.

(Reposted from 2009.   Originally in ‘Rock The Boat’ book, 2009.  Now in Clunk & Jam book, 2019.)

September 21, 2018 - Redefining The Super Hero

 

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Heroic Friendship .

A Super Hero  heroic friend, is someone who drops in at precisely the right moment, taking you in, up and beyond yourself, with no need for detail or explanation – because they have no need to know.

Super Hero  heroic friend, is comfortable enough in pain and role to welcome you in your own, tenderly cradling your place in time – and leaving the threads alone.

Super Hero  heroic friend’s words not only catch and soothe but wrap around shoulders made soft and light – as you lap long  in the lingering warmth.

Super Hero  heroic friend, hovers quiet and long and never really leaves even when you go.  Is solid enough to carry you with no show of strain – remaining loyal throughout your endless cause.

(Reposted from 2012.  Picture from ‘Coles Funny Picture Book’.  Find in Clunk & Jam book.)

September 11, 2018 - Army of ink Curtain Curtsy

 

army of ink curtain curtsy

 

I dance and spin in my lovely new dress.  When I turn to smile, I see empty seats.  Now I rise up on tippy toes to see where they don’t want me to go.  Touch the sky without a hand.  Dance wrapped in velvet.  Curtsy to no applause  .

Footnote:   this ink  has many layers but essentially it’s about the need for approval.   Allowing others to define who we are.  And who we are being defined by another’s definition of success, value or worth.    It also speaks of oppression.   Serves as a reminder to hold tight to self belief.   And it reveals the often undetected partner in oppression.  One where silence and inaction deliver equally powerful and crushing  messages of disapproval.   Ultimately, it suggests that striving to be independent and self reliant may reward us with a far greater sense of achievement, and sense of self,  than being who others would like us to be – endlessly performing.   

See also, ‘Bags The Back Seat’, ‘Rock Star’.

(Reposted from 2009.  Originally in ‘Rock The Boat’ handmade book, 2009, handwriting by Mags.  Now in Clunk & Jam book, 2019.)