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Obscured Perceptions

Obscured Perceptions

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

Sometimes life is so unfair.


Obscured Perceptions

You may climb the hill,

right to the brow,

legs pumping,

lungs bursting,

and look back

into the heart of the valley.

But there,

you will only see a vista,

a picture postcard view

with pretty cottages,

leafy lanes, hazel hedge

and pastures of silky green.

Within the panorama

no smiles are visible,

no pain,

no hurt,

except in memories,

no beating pulse is heard

and no soft touch felt.

Distance provides

such a fake perspective,

don't you think?



© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen

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No, sorry, I don't think. I guess it takes a little more than a few words to know what lies behind facades.

I live in a village and know full well that there's an old-fashion respect and fondness strong within its all singing, praying and varied content. Looking down on it during a walk one knows who lives where, whether old, young, sick or newly born. It only takes a little imagination and thought to know what that means. Believe me the pulse is very strong!

Posted 1 Year Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

1 Year Ago

It depends upon a literal or poetic interpretation of the piece. But it is also true that many who w.. read more
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It sure does. Up close and personal is where the action, drama is. Saying that it is nice to escape it all every now and again.
Morning John, hope all is well.

Posted 1 Year Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

1 Year Ago

Morning Gee. Just recovering from a weekend away at a wedding. Was a small but really nice affair. G.. read more

1 Year Ago

She would end up training me. Enjoy your brekkie...
I can connect with this as a lot of my life has been spent climbing the hill. Yes, there is the vista, which can inspire but also much of my time is spent on internal thoughts. Life is a journey into ourselves! (that sounds profound but I'm not sure that it means anything!)
I liked this contemplative piece but - just enjoy the view!

Posted 1 Year Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

1 Year Ago

I do not disagree Alan but this is a parable about one soul who sees themseves abandoned. Many thank.. read more
from a distance everything can look like we prefer it to.


Posted 1 Year Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

1 Year Ago

exactly Jacob! many thanks

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Added on October 6, 2017
Last Updated on October 6, 2017


John Alexander McFadyen
John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom

Well, have a long and complicated story and started it as an autobiography on Bebo but got writer's block/memory fogging. People liked it though and kept asking for the next chapter! fools.. more..


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