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Is Perception Reality?

poem poetry two windows Jan 27, 2024

Two Windows

by Benny Wills
Two windows made of glass 
One is black
One is clear
One window shows me elsewhere 
The other shows me here 
One window illuminates a world seemingly gone mad
Spectacles of hatred and everything that’s bad
The other instills calmness with clouds up in the sky
Green grass with dandelions and songbirds flying by 
The first window is bright but the light is artificial
The second one is lit by none other than the sun
The first window is selling things and telling me they’re beneficial 
Window two has far less for sale than does window one 
The first window shows me people who lie, deceive and cheat
The second one has children riding bicycles down the street
The first window has programs and channels to peruse 
And lots of lots of opinions masquerading as the news 
Information from the second indicates that there’s a breeze
By the leaves there gently swaying on the branches of my trees
Window one I gaze straight into
Window two I look right through
Window one is done with a button 
Two turns on with each new dawn to start the day anew 
Oh what would be if window one were here no more
Would stories revert to verbal like they were in days of yore?
Would the pace of life slow down, would attention spans increase?
And what about the rate of crimes, would their quantity decrease?
Perhaps that day will never come, so all I can do is ponder
While I glance outside the second one which inspires me to wander
And get to know the world I’m in, the domain in which I dwell  
The one that I feel warmth in, the one that I can smell 
Window one can be fun but it also likes to steal
My time and my emotions and my sense of what is real
Window two is just a window and it’s clearer when it’s clean
Better to fix one’s eyes on nature than to fixate on the screen 
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Last week, I was on Jamie Hanshaw's podcast to discuss my previous article, What Happened To The Truth Movement.
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