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Monday, April 23, 2012




Simplicity is not something
known to me.
It is an element
in a table
likely periodic
that has been lost between printing
of this version and that.

To even say such a word is a mind absent
of anything truly recorded...
but rather digital.

All the hiss and scratch of a pure album
is lost in translation
and complexity tries it's hand at management 
on a board of dials.

Simplicity is for children
and we have, without consent,
moved to a place where such hibernation
has come fully awake.
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23 comments:

  1. I loved the days of the reel-to-reel'...

    Simplicity is ok... even for adults.

    In my more difficult times, I like things to be very simple... and I seem to do quite well with it from time to time...

    ~shoes~

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    1. I'm always drawn to these old antequated machines. Anything broken down or discarded appeals to me. This machine actually works and is used from time to time by the recording studio where I found it!

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  2. Life starts simple and ends so. It’s this dam time we have to spend in the middle when hibernation isn’t possible, for all the simple stuff we insist on making complicated that keeps us awake.

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    1. I hear this theme. We complicate. We, ourselves, do this. And though I have, to some degree, simplified my life (i.e. no TV), the complexities of heart and mind still have me over a barrel.

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  3. Annie,
    I love the last stanza.."hibernation has become fully awake" ..speaks of my days...We have lost something over time...and it was so obvious we completely forgot it actually meant something to us...

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    1. That's perfectly put. I can barely remember the day I could turn on a television with a knob. Now there are 200 buttons to choose from between three different remote controls and I am frustrated and angered by it. With no television, I have removed that frustration but I have not uncomplicated things, only avoided them.

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  4. I am 67, give me my collection of cassettes and records, on or off, call a friend on the telephone and speak in person, write a letter and mail it, take a walk and listen to real sound, no ipod, read a book and turn the pages with your fingers, real paper!
    And here I am on the computer.....

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    1. Nostalgia :) You are so right about taking a walk with your ears open to the world, pens scritching against paper, and pages actually rustling. And here I am on the computer as well!

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  5. Ironic that it's something you (we) have to work for. Something stripped down to a candle, a book, ache else and a pen. And then, in the sand next to the perfect crab shell, just under the chorus of incoming tides, there it is.

    I want more if it. And like you I can't figure how. But I still recognize it, and my body still folds like soft tissue when I get the chance

    A stern message and a kind reminder, Annie. Thanks xoxo

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    1. I long for simplicity, but not simple conversation. I am inherently complicated. I excel in it :) I like to talk about complex things, but not necessarily live them. So strange. But yes, something stipped down, layers peeled back, is attractive. Perhaps because my mind is so harried, I try to balance by living more simply.

      ((hugs))

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    2. You and me both , babes. You and me both

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  6. Yes, I guess I'd say that we seem to have lost the simplicity in life...except now when it pertains to directions that are so either too darn hard to read, or so simple they don't help at all.

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    1. Agreed! Seems to be one or the other. And as I age, "hard to read" has more than one meaning!!! Now...where are my glasses?

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  7. somtimes, I miss the hiss,,,

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    1. It's so interesting how the last few years have brought forth artists who manufacture the hiss, scratch and pop of vinyl on their new recordings. As a culture, maybe we aren't all that happy with the direction of things, and this is just one indication of a desire to go backwards.

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  8. I love your poem. You, too, can achieve simlicity!! (That's a line you don't see in tv commercials!) I try to give away something every week and throw away something every day. By the time I'm 90, I'll have an uncluttered, simple life. LOL! Love you, my complex Annie. I'm sending you something via snail mail today. xoxo

    "Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter." ~Terri Guillemets

    "If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days". ~Annie Dillard, "Seeing," Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974

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    1. Call now, and we will give you double the simplicity for the price of one! In fact, if you call within the next five minutes, your shipment of simplicity will be expedited at no additional expense to you!

      Ha! When will they ever advertise anything that worthwhile? I love you AND your snail mail Marion! Love those quotes.

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  9. Wow, this is very engineering-esque for me. See, I'm a chemical engineer, and there is a printed periodic table pinned to the wall above my desk and on the desktop background of my work laptop.

    Then, I work in semiconductors, and am often switching nerdspeak from digital to analog topics. That's semiconductor terminology, which is my day-trade.

    No no, dearest, simplicity is not something known to me, either. I make everything -- ~everything~ -- far more complicated than it needs to be.

    God, though, he's a yin and a yang, an action and equally opposite reaction and nothing more. He's simple. It's our overthinking that complicates things.

    - Eric

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    1. Very complicated Eric. Semiconduwhat??? :) Anyway...yes! The human body is the ultimate in complexity. The universe. And the creator of all of that offers the most simplistic way to live in it. Trust, and lean not on your own understanding.

      Agreed...Overthinking is fraught with peril.

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  10. Soon there will be time when we recieve our dreams via email

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  11. I love the word-play in this one, Annie. All the ways the words tumble and trip and swing with each other. So incredibly playful and cute. And true.

    I don't do simplicity either. Partly because even if someone handed me the most simple invention or concept, I'd make it difficult or complex for myself.

    I just can't help it. I have a love of what's under the surface, a love for metaphor, that far outweighs the energy I have to deal with the results sometimes.

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  12. i love the last stanza too but i don't believe it. i think we have more power than that.

    for the most part, annie, i don't watch television (my kids do) and i don't shop unless there is something i need. i don't shop for pleasure, that's for damned sure. i don't want to acquire. in fact i'm downsizing continually. it's up to us to not play their games. it's possible. i refuse to think within the means of their confines. i go to the woods often.

    xo
    erin

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  13. I don't know,
    I kind of wonder if it's Yin/Yang sort of thing,
    we need simplicity
    that gives way to complexity
    that leads us back to simplicity
    and gives way again to complexity;
    it might not be something we can solve,
    so easily.

    I guess.

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