Here and there – they can be times and places
In the English language we can use the same words, in the same order, in multiple ways with multiple meanings. Take the phrase, here and there, for example. It could imply something like, here at my house and there at your house. But it can also imply now, in this time and then, at a time in the past or even future. I’ve mentioned before how much I love wordplay. And this is one of the coolest examples of how complex even the simplest communications can be.
It’s important to realize how blessed you are to be able to express yourself in so many subtle, and yet complex, ways. You can use metaphors, similes, hyperbole, allegory, and just plain ol’ adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and pronouns to conjure up a myriad of images.
And it’s even more important to realize how your words can change your destination. Yep, you can say you’re moving to Timbuktu…and by golly, you might just end up there. That’s an example of how here and there are locations AND times. You could also choose to believe in only the things your five senses tell you. But ask yourself this, “Which of my five senses tells me that’s true?”
Here and there are locations I’m talking about right now.
Here is your life on earth…in this space/time continuum. And there is where you’ll be after you leave this space/time continuum. Are you certain where that will be? If not, do you think it’s worth looking into further than you have? After all, forever is a mighty long time.
I’m gonna share a poem I wrote 40 years ago…almost to the day, and it talks about a small cross-section of my life, at the time. I was illustrating how moments can pass by and decisions can change destinations. And I was also showing how time often blurs some memories while burning others into our brains…maybe forever. At first glance the poem might seem vague. But if you imagine yourself in the same situation, I bet it’ll become crystal clear.
See if speaks to any part of your life. Or would you even write or say it another way?
From There To Here
There we were
In the middle of a day.
We just knew it would last.
There was no other way.
The kite flew high
Above our heads,
But we still forget
The words we said.
And now I can almost see you.
I can almost free you from my mind.
And now I can almost say them…
I can almost say the words so hard to find.
Here I am
In the middle of a night.
It just lasts so long.
There must be another way.
Where are you?
Is your head upon your hand?
If it is, don’t be sorry.
There might just be a tomorrow…
So don’t feel you’ve taken all that you can stand.
© 1977 Tony Funderburk
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