Jump Shift?

Star Womb photo egg21.gifFrom late January of 2008, I bring another of the conjunctive pieces I shall include in my book.  It was originally published at Docudharma.

This graphic is named Star Womb

Phase in.  Phase out.  Out of Phase.

Phase shift.  

Some people shift paradigms.  I shift points of view.  Sometimes I have felt forced to do so.  Sometimes I choose to do so intentionally.  Sometimes I have taken a chance at shifting willingly.

I’ve come to the fork in the road, so to speak.  (Insert Slauson Cutoff joke here)  Do I step on the transporter or not?  Do I scatter my atoms across the universe?

Mitosis?  Cytokinesis?  Meiosis?  

Will these metaphors never cease?

Some people write prose.  Some people write poetry.  Some people write both.  I haven’t yet discovered how to write both simultaneously.

My life is an open book.  It used to be a closed book, filled with paragraphs, chapters, even volumes of unwritten prose.  Every novel I read was rewritten in my head to tell the story of the parts not written by the author.  Perhaps that’s how I kept my sanity.  Perhaps it was part of the insanity.  Sometimes one has to live in the fiction in order to survive visiting reality.  So I’ve lived hundreds of lives on thousands of planets.  

When reality is more insane than the fiction, I’ve chosen the fiction.  I became Gaby Plauget.  I  have been Qing-jao.  I was Reverdy Jian.  Perhaps I am India Carless, Trouble on the wire.  And of course I have been Warreven.

I’ve switched genres.  Damn have I switched genres.  The Me who lives inside my head has reached conclusions about life and identity and existence and had to change to understand the book that is this life.  The Writer writes the pages not written.  The pages say what the pages say.  The Reader is always the last to know.  And sometimes the Reader has resisted turning the page, in Fear of what the next chapter might bring, fearful of having to endure pain, totally aware of past scars.  But the Writer writes.


Performance Art

A life is a play in many acts

each day a new scene

Sometimes one is the actor

and sometimes the script

but a life only attains

full measure or meaning

when one assumes

the role of director

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–November 30, 2005

Through life altering changes, I have done what the Writer has written.  The biggest change occurred when I figured out that I, the Director, was actually the person in charge, that I have the power to tell the Writer how the story goes, that I can rough out the next chapter before it is written.

From time to time, I have changed the delivery mechanism.  When I transitioned I began to share my story.  Sometimes prose, more rarely poetry.  One or the other, but almost never both.  Entering one room involves leaving the other.

Decisions, decisions.  What to do.  Is it time to take another plunge into the poetic portion of my brain?  Or at least make the attempt?  Do I turn the spigot, knowing full well that in the past experience has proved that turning on the poems quite likely turns off the prose?  Does Louis Wu use the stepping disk?

Can no one rid me of these meddlesome metaphors?

Inner Light

Personal Evolution

(an unfinished poem about a life not ended)

Brief moments of awareness…

like the immersion

of a skipping shell

in the liquid

of another life.




Coalescence of self…

the protecting shell

loses momentum,

ceases skipping,

and begins to sink.




Birth of identity…

the sinking of the shell

propels up a splash,

a pearl of dew,

which hangs suspended.




Examination of soul…

while gravity stops,

the revealing lens

zooms through the wet,

uncovering layers.




Assertion of gender…

Vibration of ego…

internal bonds break,

the mist that was dew

drifts on the wind,

scattering slowly.




Perusal of purpose…

catching an updraft

the mist attaches

to motes of dust

from other life paths.




Analysis of life…

shifting perspective

the damp dust

provides fertile ground

for germs of wisdom

. . .

dot dot dot

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–January 17, 1997

I know myself.    When it seems like I don’t know what I want, Fear lingers in the mist, perhaps a page or two in the future.

The Writer has yet to write what it is.  The Reader is in suspense.

Both are aware of the past.  My history indicates that when reality becomes insane, sometimes I head for greener pastures.  I have been a master of the jump discontinuity.

The one constant is change.

1 comment

    • Robyn on February 20, 2015 at 01:08

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