Look to my face, friend: for there lays the tale of all the person I have been.
My history is written in the lines and shadows that crisscross the skin. Fading here, only to reappear there, they map the journeys I have taken: the extraordinary and the everyday experiences that shaped me from babe to old age.
This nose has acted as bridge for the tears I have shed in joy, in frustration and in sorrow. Carrying me from reaction to instigator as motivation and belief dictated, I have swum through choices that lifted me to glory and others that I would change had I opportunity to do so.
My cheek has acted as pillow to loved ones and neighbours as we shared our triumphs and travails: building together the world that we wished to live in.
The deep brown of my eyes hold all the secrets and miracles I have witnessed. They are the record of each day and each encounter: chronicling the transactions between me, my world and my God.
The scar on my brow marks the many mistakes I made and learned from that allowed me to age so beautifully. And each grey follicle is a badge of honour marking every year that I lived and survived: for living and surviving is a battle waged on an hourly basis and required my greatest effort.
This is me. My entire existence, captured in one moment – one breath. To be shared with you and the many others whose paths have crossed and continue to cross, with mine own.
I carry all that I have been and all that I am in this one small field of skin.
So look friend, and begin hearing the story of me.
This piece was inspired by an image titled “Halakki Tribe Woman” that I saw on Joshi Daniel Photography on 12/01/2013. There was something about the woman’s face and the way that she looked into the camera that spoke to me and required voicing. These are the words that bubbled up in response.
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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.