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.


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7 Responses to “Sedimentary Perception”

  1. Rob on May 19th, 2019

    Great post, really captures the “feel” of the people and the place. Thanks.

  2. Karen on May 19th, 2019

    I can see it, you are brilliant.

  3. Adele Rosen on May 19th, 2019

    What beauty for me to begin this Sunday
    I love your ministries
    I love your painting
    I love you
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  4. Dominique Mazeaud on May 19th, 2019

    Your word paintings are stunning.
    Your digging is so rich.
    Thank you for brightening my day,

  5. Alexandra Eldridge on May 19th, 2019

    You are such a beautiful writer. Your observations are a reminder to all to stay awake and behold the beauty around you. Thank you, as always, xxA.

  6. Carole Zoom on May 19th, 2019

    Imagine what others are thinning of you in their storytelling!

  7. Karren Sahler on May 20th, 2019

    Hi Cathy,

    I particularly loved the imagery of this one. Working downtown, I see all these things daily, but I don’t really take it in. Rush, rush, hurry, hurry. Thank you for bringing this lush reality to my attention… Much love, Karren

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