Sedimentary Perception



My existence in a wheelchair puts my perspective about 2 feet below yours in all likelihood.

My current penchant for going down to the Santa Fe Plaza very early in the morning has the effect of an archaeological dig at times.

This morning I saw deep brown skinned, old Mexican men lifting giant glass containers filled with fresh watermelon juice as they readied their street vendor food cart.

Pigtailed girls ran deliriously after taunting pigeons.

Native Americans sat stoically tolerating the tourist gum-chewing and innocent disrespect; their eyes slightly glazed and hungry at the same time.

I loved my soft awareness with its desire to attach itself to the surprisingly graceful choice the city gardeners made of planting corn in the large pots used to direct traffic.

Perception stayed cool and comfortably low..

Humored by high-heeled, polyester suit-clad women teetering blindly while worshiping their phones.

I could see their crowded thoughts buzzing like flustered bees above their hair.

The stately trees generously buffered the sun.

I was in love with it all; the clear air and green smell mixed with surreptitiously smoking folks trying to get small in their shame and pleasure.

The low down suits me.

All these different levels and layers of perception invisible to the others but carrying wiggling and lively realities unique to each.

How very much we miss by remaining in our familiar territories.

The lower I get the quieter I become.


12 Responses to “Sedimentary Perception”

  1. ellen fox on July 13th, 2015

    You just knock me out. That image is incredible. What mediums did you use?
    And you’re such a good writer. This is a fabulous post.


  2. KK Wilder on July 13th, 2015

    This is so wonderfully visual! Do you ever write fiction because you sure could.

  3. Karren on July 13th, 2015

    how splendidly lovely. i am deeply moved.

  4. Cathy on July 13th, 2015

    This is a piece from mid-90s- collage,oil,modeling paste for texture

  5. Cathy on July 13th, 2015

    working on a book- compilation of blog posts + additional prose

  6. Rita Kindl Myers on July 13th, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyed this description. It reminded me of how much there is to enjoy in quiet observation. Those able-bodied folks don’t know what they’re missing.

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  8. Alexandra Eldridge on July 14th, 2015

    With all the others above, I am stunned by your powers of perception and your ability with language. Thank-you, for making us all see in another, wonderful way. xxA

  9. Rick Stevens on July 14th, 2015

    Your writing puts me right there. Insightful and poetic. A friendly reminder to break out of our comfort zones.

  10. Juan Dorado on July 14th, 2015

    This blogpost deserves page 1 of your upcoming book!

    Exquisite descriptive phraseology that parallels an early morning visit to the Santa Fe Plaza!

    While you’re viewing height offers a unique observation level, it is the minds eye that perceives such detail and attaches the words to a truly wonderful nuanced view.

    Kudos Cathy

  11. Jenny on July 14th, 2015

    Beautiful just so beautiful

  12. SHARON Rose Dozar on July 14th, 2015

    I LOVE seeing & feeling the world from your eyes XOXOXO

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