My friends, I humbly ask for you to consider the following notions, before you release the swarm. In conversation, with other human beings that inhabit this world, please entertain the idea that their story doesn’t match yours. All people, perhaps, have unique back stories, that may identify them, haunt them, or inspire them. The fibrous stands of time are woven together for us all over years and years of experiences. Yet, the patterns, shapes, and perspectives are vastly different. Some fabric is cut, some are burned, some have vibrant stories and colors, some depict great tragedies. Words are not defined by your strings, but by theirs. Father, may be a word that is equal to the devil. Mother may mean perpetual anger and criticism. Please dear friends, I beg you to pause, and allow rumination to take your thoughts on a flight. High above your own city and town, where events that have happened to you are lost, and the vast landscapes of another person unfold below you. Become the Hawk, high in the cool breeze, seeking to capture their story, hiding in the rocks. Swoop down, and consume their tale. Live, with them in their moment of storytelling. Listen, learn, and most importantly, love.
Take the institution of marriage. Why, to me, it is a fine thing. My parents stayed married their whole life, as did my wife’s parents. I watched them endure mighty storms, but they were as steadfast as a rocky shore. My tale, is my tale. Other souls may have the word marriage fall upon their ears as a ball of thorns beings pushed into their heart with a glowing orange iron from the fire. A man may have used his might and authority to foul innocence. A woman may insult a child because they remind her of the man who failed, and left her alone. There are thousands and thousands of stories. Consider, listening. Discover what life is to someone else.
The swarm of your words, waits like an army. As the ruler you choose what to arm them with, when you unleash them into conversation. Will you attack in foolishness, or will you send an unarmed scout, with ready pen and blank page to learn the tale of life, from another.
My friends, please consider carefully concerning the swarm. For if you attack, for the sake of yourself, you will become a defined agent of pain, and burn another thread of time black before it is sewn permanent into the tapestry of someone else’s life.
Copyright © 2017 Zachary W Gilbert